Ferrari heads into 2021 trying to get well from its worst marketing campaign in 40 years because it slumped to sixth within the constructors’ championship final season, scoring simply three podium finishes.
The crew struggled with a difficult SF1000 automotive that was compromised by a scarcity of straight-line pace, owing to its underperforming energy unit and draggy aerodynamic idea.
Ferrari additionally started the delayed begin to the season having already introduced Sebastian Vettel could be leaving the crew on the finish of 2020, signing Carlos Sainz Jr as his substitute.
As the truth of Ferrari’s plight grew to become clear to the crew within the early a part of final yr, a “unusual” environment emerged at Maranello, in response to Leclerc.
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21
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“At first there was a wierd environment at first in 2020 the place we realised the truth of issues, that it was quite a bit worse than what we anticipated,” Leclerc mentioned when requested by Autosport in regards to the environment at Ferrari.
“There was a time the place it was not nice. However in a short time the mentality modified and there was an enormous motivation to attempt to come again to the place we wish to be.
“I believe this did not change for this yr. With Carlos, he’s bringing expertise from different groups too, that he is very attention-grabbing and that he is additionally giving us new worlds to discover.
“So that is very attention-grabbing, however I assume the mentality of the crew itself remains to be as motivated as final yr and is admittedly keen to push to have higher issues and higher days coming quickly.”
Ferrari was inspired by its efficiency with the brand new SF21 automotive via testing final week in Bahrain, with crew boss Mattia Binotto declaring that straight-line pace was now not a drawback heading into the 2021 season.
Requested in regards to the crew’s efficiency positive factors via pre-season testing, Binotto mentioned he was happy with how the information was matching up with Ferrari’s expectations on the manufacturing unit.
“We tried to develop as a lot as we might the again of the automotive,” Binotto mentioned.
“What was extra necessary for us was to know the correlation with the wind tunnel and the simulations, so gathering knowledge and evaluating.
“I believe we’re fairly proud of the correlation, which suggests we have got a very good baseline a minimum of for the following simulations or eventual developments.
“Correlation was a key think about these [test] days. Up to now a minimum of, it is going fairly effectively.”