In the past week of the Belgian Grand Prix, Ferrari had to cope with the disappointing performance of their cars.
If you remember last year, something certainly seems to have changed. Charles Leclerc triumphed in his first year with Ferrari, leading the team to win at the Spa-Francorchamps track.
Instead, last week, both drivers failed to enter Q3 and at the end of the weekend neither of them managed to finish in the points.
Ferrari is carrying out an immediate analysis to understand the lack of performance that the cars had at Spa. While team principal Mattia Binotto says he has no doubts that the Italian team will return to the top again even if that will take some time.
In fact he states: “How long it will take? I think that if you look back at all the winning cycles it is always many years,
“There are no silver bullets in F1. Patience and stability is required.”
Earlier this year, the Italian nation was hit hard by the wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the accused impact derailed Ferrari's hopes of being able to bring the car to a better performance than last season after that all development processes of the car were stopped.
Binotto looks ahead by saying that Ferrari's priority for the moment is to make sure the car is ready for the 2022 season.
“The engine is frozen this season, so there is nothing we can do on that,” he stated.
“We are developing it for next season, and it is progressing well on the dyno at the moment.
“On the car there are some restriction, so what's the plan for us? The main plan is focusing on the next seasons - not only 2021 but also certainly as well 2022.
“In order to do well in the next season we also need to try to understand the weaknesses of today and make sure that we are addressing them.”
After the Belgian Grand Prix, Binotto talks about the problems the car is having stating that the main problem of the lack of performance is the drop in engine power.
“What is happening, in fact, is that we have a car that has lost power,
“Just as all the engine manufacturers have lost it: but we more than the others.
“Last year the engine partly covered the limits of the machine, but this year it is no longer the case. The limits of the machine are emerging. On that point it is clear that we must improve.” he concluded.