Ferrari ‘very optimistic they will be in the fight’

Jon Wilde
Charles Leclerc ahead of Lewis Hamilton during the British GP. Silverstone July 2021.

Charles Leclerc's Ferrari ahead of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes during the British Grand Prix. Silverstone July 2021.

Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz and Karun Chandhok have added their voices to the growing belief that Ferrari could be in for a big 2022 season.

Although the Scuderia have been trying to play down confidence from within, there appears to be quiet hope that they can close the gap to Mercedes and Red Bull.

After a 2020 campaign when they finished a dismal sixth in the Constructors’ Championship, rising to a more creditable but still distant third last term, a title challenge may not be realistic despite the new Formula 1 regulations designed to close up the pack.

But it is feasible that Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, who proved to be an evenly-matched driver pairing in their first season as team-mates in 2021, especially on race days, could find themselves well and truly in the hunt for a few grand prix victories.

Carlos Sainz ahead of Sergio Perez in sprint qualifying for the Sao Paulo GP. Interlagos November 2021.
Carlos Sainz's Ferrari ahead of Sergio Perez's Red Bull in sprint qualifying for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. Interlagos November 2021.

“I’m hearing a lot of positive moves out of Ferrari, a lot of positive noises out of Ferrari,” said pit-lane broadcaster Kravitz during Sky F1’s latest programme reflecting on the controversial events of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“The engine’s going well and they say the car is looking much more aggressive than it has in any of the recent Ferraris we’ve seen over the last two or three years.”

Fellow pundit Chandhok gave a bit of extra insight, especially in relation to the engine with which Ferrari made a step during the final third of the 2021 campaign which enabled them to leapfrog McLaren and finish third in the teams’ standings.

“I had a couple of conversations with people just before Christmas and they were very optimistic because they feel they made big gains on the power-unit side,” said the former F1 racer.

“They are coming back not quite on a par with Honda and Mercedes, but not a million miles behind and they are confident that side of it will be okay.

“On the chassis side they have been able to focus a lot of resource throughout last season because they haven’t been in a championship fight, unlike Mercedes and Red Bull, so they are very optimistic they will be in the fight come the start of the season.”

 

Ferrari’s sporting director Laurent Mekies put into perspective their hopes of becoming title challengers by saying “you would need to be very naive to think it will be easy to close the gap” to Mercedes and Red Bull”.

 

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Ferrari ‘very optimistic they will be in the fight’

Ted Kravitz and Karun Chandhok have added to the growing belief that Ferrari could have a big 2022 season.