Ferrari has spent most of this season with remarkably consistent, albeit mediocre, performance. Which makes it odd that the last two races have yielded its worst, then best, performance levels of the season.
Ferrari’s position behind Mercedes and Red Bull has fluctuated dramatically between third and eighth, but in pure performance terms there hasn’t been much deviation from its average at all – leading to the slightly easy conclusion that Ferrari’s had roughly the same competitiveness everywhere and gained or lost depending on how its rivals perform at different circuits.
When the Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said that the Prancing Horse team would come back stronger in 2021, many people were reluctant to believe that. To be fair, the Maranello-based team has been so far the biggest delusion of this weird season. The Italians had to keep their engine lower than the last year’s one to expiate the FIA’s decisions and they didn’t managed to attenuate the issues.
What is interesting is that the same engine, which provided so many problems this year, could be the team’s pride in 2021. Binotto did just anticipate that Ferrari is planning to bring the 2022 prototype on the next season. We should expect a sort of “Superfast” engine, which could be useful to study the future of Formula 1.
The new engine will not be a revolutionary version of the actual one but it will count on new solutions that were originally planned for the 2022 season. The turbo will be smaller indeed, to help the MGU-H improve its performances by recovering some extra electrical energy but there’s even more. Ferrari indeed, plans to add an innovative intercooler too.
However, the SF1000 showed some massive splashes of hopes at the Turkish Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc drove the Ferrari to some respectful finishes. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel struggled throughout the season. But both the drivers finished Top-5 in the Istanbul Park.
Ferrari team boss, Mattia Binotto, talked about the team’s focus for next season to Motorsport Italy. He clarified that the priority next year is to fight for the podiums once again.
In a recent interview, Binotto discussed Ferrari’s power unit development for the next season.
Mattia Binotto was positive about the 2021 engine development. He believes that the power unit should be able to fill the power gaps with Mercedes’ power unit. Meanwhile, the team is looking forward to some interesting innovations.
Reports stated, “At the moment the data says that the unit expresses the same horsepower of the power unit of this year, but it is a 6-cylinder engine, son of the one that is racing, while solutions are expected before the approval of the engine next season.”
The reports mention an engine which is internally called ‘Superfast’. The reports stated, “The engine will adopt a combustion chamber capable of ensuring a combustion phase with very fast ignition times.”
The 2021 engine will improve the exhaust and combustion of the power unit. According to the rumors, “There will be an intervention to also improve the recovery of electricity from the MGU-H with a turbo that will be slightly smaller to favor a faster response time.
“In short, Ferrari will not make a revolution: it is excluded that turbo and compressor are spaced as Mercedes and Honda have chosen, at Maranello they preferred not to affect the architecture of the power unit, but the novelty puzzle should result in an increase in power (especially for average values) of about thirty horses,” read the report.
Unfortunately for Ferrari fans, there is no miracle waiting. There are some novelty changes that will be introduced. However, it is not enough to get back to its previous form. Hopefully, Ferrari will be seen fighting for podiums more often next season.
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THE NEXT RACE 2021
|02:00 - 03:30||Free practice 1|
|06:00 - 07:30||Free practice 2|
|04:00 - 05:00||Free practice 3|
|07:00 - 07:18||Qualifying|
|06:10 - 08:10||Race|