This yr will mark the beginning of a long-anticipated new technical ruleset for F1, forcing groups to pursue totally different aerodynamic ideas and handle the introduction of the brand new 18-inch tyres.
It can present a possibility for all groups to make an enormous step ahead, with Ferrari specifically seeking to return to the entrance of the pack after two years with out profitable a race.
The significance of this season’s new ruleset prompted Ferrari to droop improvement on its 2021 automobile early final yr regardless of its tight battle with McLaren for third place within the constructors’ championship.
Even with the early finish to its improve cycle, Ferrari beat McLaren to 3rd by 47.5 factors within the remaining standings as Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr mixed to attain 5 podiums and two pole positions.
On the high of the standings, Mercedes and Purple Bull discovered themselves embroiled in an in depth battle for the championships final yr that went all the way in which to the ultimate race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
However Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies mentioned that regardless of the necessity for Mercedes and Purple Bull to give attention to their 2021 automobiles due to the title battle, he didn’t count on it to have a big effect on its prospects for this yr.
“I am certain they needed to develop this yr,” Mekies mentioned. “Nonetheless, they’re in each circumstances unimaginable organisations, and it is sufficient to have a look at the outcomes to see it.
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90 mule
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“Due to this fact, I’d not underestimate for one second their functionality to supply an excellent 2022 automobile.
“Sure, they needed to spend extra on 2021, however if you happen to take a look at the outcomes they’ve produced within the final 10 years, one and the opposite, you have to to be very naive to suppose that it’ll be straightforward to shut the hole.
“As a result of finally, you continue to have to shut the hole. Even us, we take a look at the 2022 automobile numbers in comparison with the place we’re, and if in comparison with the place we’re is X variety of tenths slower to those guys, then we have to get that hole plus the hole to them.
“So I’d not be too frightened for them.”
Ferrari has already promised that its automobile for this yr will characteristic “a whole lot of innovation”, together with an influence unit that’s “considerably totally different” to the one used by way of 2021.
The crew has not challenged for a championship since 2018, whereas its title drought dates again to 2008, when it final gained the constructors’ crown.