Elkann: Ferrari back competing at the highest level

Michelle Foster
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc with a fist pump to the cameraman. Australia April 2022

Charles Leclerc with a fist pump to the cameraman after winning the Australian Grand Prix. Australia April 2022

After two years without a single win on the board, Ferrari chairman John Elkann is celebrating the Scuderia’s successful start to the 2022 season.

But, he warns, there is still a long way to go.

Last season Ferrari opted to focus their efforts on this year’s all-new ground effect aerodynamic car, stopping their development of the 2021 car early in the season.

The team still managed to finish P3, beating McLaren to the best of the rest spot. They were, however, a massive 290 points down on Constructors’ Champions, Mercedes.

Ferrari’s decision seems to have paid off, at least if the early results in this year’s championship are anything to go by.

Charles Leclerc has bagged two race wins, and a P2, while his team-mate Carlos Sainz has also been on the podium on two occasions.

As such Ferrari are leading both championships.

Leclerc has a 34-point gap to George Russell in the Drivers’ while Ferrari are 39 ahead of Mercedes in the Constructors’ standings.

“We said two years ago that we had to work hard to get back to being competitive and the 2022 championship has got off to a truly thrilling start,” Reuters quotes Elkann as having said at Ferrari’s annual shareholders’ meeting.

“Like all our tifosi around the world, I am delighted we are competing at the highest level.”

But, the Italian-American warns, there is still a long way to go with this season having 22 confirmed races and a possible 23rd should Russia be replaced.

“That said,” Elkann continued, “we know the season has just begun and in Formula 1 you are always surrounded by fierce competitors.

“We must work tirelessly as a team to optimise every aspect of our performance.

“That is the spirit and approach I look forward to seeing at Imola and as the season progresses.”

 

Imola marks the fourth round of the 2022 championship and the first of Ferrari’s two home races, the other being Monza’s Italian Grand Prix.

 

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