Ferrari chairman John Elkann has made it perfectly clear he expects the Scuderia to be back in the Formula 1 winner’s circle this season.
Sebastian Vettel’s triumph at the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, straight after his then team-mate Charles Leclerc’s back-to-back double success in Belgium and Italy, was the last time Ferrari tasted victory.
Since then, initially not helped by an FIA technical directive regarding engines, Ferrari have drawn a depressing blank, finishing a poor sixth in the 2020 Constructors’ Championship and a much improved third last year.
But now they look to be very much back on the up and the F1-75, created in accordance with the new regulations, could be the car that puts them in P1 again – some pundits tipping Ferrari for big things during 2022.
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Elkann, the numero uno at Ferrari and the Stellantis corporation, certainly sees race wins as an achievable target for Leclerc, Carlos Sainz and team principal Mattia Binotto in order to avoid a third consecutive full campaign for the Scuderia without any.
In his statement that rounded off the launch of the new car, the 45-year-old New York-born businessman addressed the tifosi directly and said: “The F1-75 represents the very best in the innovative team spirit and the quest for performance the Scuderia has always exemplified.
“The responsibility of taking this car and delivering on the expectation of our tifosi around the world now rests in the hands of Mattia, Charles, Carlos and the whole team at Scuderia Ferrari.
“Their ceaseless efforts will determine our success as they look to write new chapters in our Formula 1 history, honouring the spirit of competition our founder [Enzo Ferrari] exemplified.
“I would like to end with a message to our tifosi – your passion and commitment fuels our performance, as it always has. This year, we look forward to rewarding your loyalty and returning to our winning ways.”
Binotto and sporting director Laurent Mekies have tried to play down expectations during the off-season but, whether it was for PR purposes on launch day or not, the team principal also exuded some quiet confidence of being more competitive.
“We know expectations are high and that in recent years, the results have not lived up to what is expected of the Ferrari name,” said Binotto.
“I’d like the F1-75 to be up for the fight on track at every grand prix, to go toe-to-toe with our rivals, aiming to be the very best and to perform in such a way that our fans can again be proud of Ferrari.”
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