Lando Norris has tipped Ferrari to not only add to their podium column in 2022, but also their win tally given the strength of their power unit in particular.
Norris became very familiar with seeing Scuderia red during the 2021 season as McLaren and Ferrari battled for the best of the rest spot behind the runaway teams of Mercedes and Red Bull.
The British driver was sandwiched in between the two Ferrari drivers in the World Drivers’ Championship, finishing P6 and just 4.5 points behind his former team-mate Carlos Sainz in P5.
The gap between Ferrari in P3 and McLaren in P4 though was larger, 48.5 points separating two of the great names of Formula 1.
With Ferrari significantly improving on their dismal 2020 showing with the aid of two very strong drivers in Sainz and Charles Leclerc, Norris thinks Ferrari’s upward trajectory won’t stop there.
He is not just expecting them to collect more podium finishes in 2022, but thinks they are primed for their first race win since Sebastian Vettel won the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix.
“The progress they’ve made in the latter part of the season has had nothing to do with the car,” Norris said, as quoted by Marca.
“They have only improved their power units. I don’t think they’ve ever had a terrible car.
“Even in the last few years, I don’t think they’ve had a terrible car. They just lacked on the engine side.”
Norris continued: “When the power unit was good, they won races, so I expect them to be very competitive.
“This year they said they haven’t invested in the development of the car and they were all focused on next season.
“They are Ferrari, I think the most successful team in F1, and they are for a reason. I expect them to fight for wins and podiums next season. If we can join that, that would be fantastic.”
Ferrari, meanwhile, are staying cautiously optimistic about the upcoming 2022 season.
McLaren/Ferrari battle helped both teams
Lando Norris believes the McLaren/Ferrari battle helped both teams.