2020 was a year to forget for Ferrari, with the team managing only sixth in the Constructors’ Championship – its worst finish since 1980 – and its drivers collectively scoring just three podiums.
Ferrari’s two customer teams, Haas and Alfa Romeo, also struggled last year, with the Italian car-maker’s underpowered engine certainly playing a role in their lack of success.
There is some cause for mild optimism in 2021, as Ferrari will have a new power unit which should help them close to the gap to some of their rivals – though the Scuderia’s competitors will undoubtedly also be looking to make performance gains.
And, according to Italian motorsport journalist Leo Turrini, Haas and Alfa Romeo aren’t expecting “anything special” from Ferrari’s new power unit.
“The Ferrari power unit was very bad at everything in 2020, from the internal combustion engine to the electrical components,” Leo Turrini wrote on his blog.
“We have discussed the reasons endlessly. Now let’s see what they offer us for this 2021. To me the 30bhp more seems like too few.
“I know there are concerns about the oval exhausts. In any case, whispers from Haas and Alfa Rmeo indicate that they don’t expect anything special,” Turrini added.