Ferrari to fight for 2022 world title proclaims Binotto
Binotto said Ferrari had no choice but to fight for the 2022 world title.
Binotto believes all the ingredients are in place for Ferrari to contend for the title next year
Cool and calculating Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto put on the glove and proclaimed that fighting for the 2022 World Championship is not a choice but a must for the legendary Italian team. Ferrari has been out of contention for the World Championship for two years since it was hampered by FIA technical guidelines at the end of the 2019 season which drastically reduced its engine power. For 2021, Ferrari has developed a new engine which has improved things alongside redesigned aerodynamics, however, its engine still lags behind Mercedes and Honda. It performed well despite limited development opportunities thanks to the pandemic and has now steadily become the third fastest car on the grid. Its engine could still improve this year thanks to the non deployment of homologated parts, however, the broader ambition to relaunch the Scuderia which has not won a constructor title since 2008 when it had as drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa.
It’s not a secret. Fighting for the title next year is a must, “said the Ferrari team boss whose job could be on the line if the team fails to compete favorably.” If we don’t, we would have done everything wrong, â€the Swiss Italian added.
But Binotto remains quietly confident that Ferrari can go back to their winning ways based on what he’s seen this year. Ferrari was impressive with 0.7 seconds of gain and the team spirit between Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr worked well. Ferrari has also surprised the grid with two pole positions and twice its drivers have reached P2 during the season. With more upgrades coming to its 2021 car, it could get closer to Red Bull and Mercedes.
“We are the team that has scored the most points compared to last year, the team that has improved the most overall. It shows that we are going in the right direction and that we are working well together.” Binotto added.
Ferrari also has a new state-of-the-art driving simulator and this could give the team an advantage next season when sweeping changes are made to technical regulations, the most important in 40 years. He also has more CFD and wind tunnel development time thanks to his incredibly poor 2020 where he finished 6th in the Manufacturers’ Championship.
Considering that the Ferrari brand is closely linked to its success in F1 and the fact that it will soon have a new CEO, Binotto’s job could be in jeopardy if Ferrari does not win the world title in 2022.
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