Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has said the ailing Italian constructor is working “very hard” on its new power unit which it will start using in 2021, as it looks to address the deficit it has relative to Mercedes, Honda and Renault.
“In 2021 there will be small improvements, such as a new engine. We are working very hard on that now. Of course, our goal is to outperform next year,” Binotto said in a recent interview.
Continuing, he described 2020 as a “very difficult” season for the team, with the Ferrari SF1000 proving uncompetitive and sometimes failing to even make it into the final part of qualifying.
“Things will improve next year, 2020 is a very difficult season for us. It has been difficult from day one and we have had little chance to develop,” he said, pointing to the fact that development freezes have limited Ferrari’s ability to make in-season improvements to its package.
“Everything will be different in 2022. We will have new cars, new chassis, new rules and everyone will start from scratch.
“Nobody can work on it until 1 January, so it will be exciting because I’m sure it will make our sport stronger. And at Ferrari we will definitely be part of that and we are looking forward to it,” Binotto concluded.
Ferrari is currently sixth in the F1 Constructors’ Standings, 259 points adrift of Championship leaders Mercedes and just 13 points ahead of seventh-placed Scuderia AlphaTauri.
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