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Ferrari revealed that they were annoyed with the budget cap in the sport, and said that 2022 will see lesser updates than seasons past.

2021 saw a resurgent Ferrari, as they buried the ghosts of 2020 and bounced back to do well. They finished P3 in the Constructors’ Championship standings and displayed a remarkable level of consistency throughout the year.

The most impressive part of their season was that they pulled it off with barely any high-budget updates. The only major development the team introduced was their new power unit. The entire season saw them operate on a limited budget and succeed, but they are sceptical whether lightning would strike twice.

Ferrari revealed they were annoyed with the budget cap in the sport, saying that it limits teams and their plans.

As quoted by, Ferrari technical director Laurent Mekies said, “Not compared to this year, because this year obviously was near zero, or at least for us was very little, but if you go back to 2019, 2018, we think you will see less.

“In 2018, 2019, in the big teams, you had something every race on the car or every other race. It sounds difficult from our perspective to have a high number of updates with the constraints that we have.”

Ferrari: Budget cap constraints will mean fewer updates in F1 2022
Ferrari is not happy with the budget cap operating in 2022. Source: Ferrari

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“You need to keep a budget to develop during the year, because you will learn more and more, and therefore you will need ways to adjust. This has been the biggest challenge,” he continued.

“Once you have defined that envelope, that’s what you have for aero development, that’s what you have for mechanical development, then it goes to each department and aero will say: ‘OK with that, I will be able to do two developments or three developments’, and then you reschedule all your plans to feed that.

“That’s effectively what we do now. How much of a challenge it is depends on your level of competitiveness to the others.”

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