Ferrari had a miserable 2020 season, with them only managing sixth in the Constructors’ Championship – their worst finish in four decades – and their two drivers just scoring a total of three podiums.
The Scuderia will have a new power unit in 2021, which should help them close the gap to Renault, Honda and Mercedes, though these engine manufacturers will also be looking to take a step forward.
According to Italian journalist Leo Turrini, “there is some concern about the exhausts” of the new Ferrari power unit
Continuing, he said: “It will not match the performance of the Mercedes engine.
“On the chassis side, there have been changes in the gearbox, and little else, given the fact that the regulations are strict.
“On the other hand, aerodynamics are free [for development], but here the prospects are not promising.
“New engineers will arrive, at least a couple, but they will be operational only from 2022, in compliance with the clauses on the competition prohibition,” the Italian journalist added.
Meanwhile, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto recently said it’s unlikely they will be able to fight for grand prix victories in 2021.
“Honestly, the gap to the best team today is very big and we will not close it next year,” Binotto said.
“But to win races, you never know what may happen during the season, during races, if there will be an opportunity, hopefully, we can get it.
“I do not have a crystal ball. Let’s wait and see. That is what is great about F1.
“There are uncertainties and we are working very hard to do our best, let’s see what will be the competitive level in March,” Binotto added.