Ferrari revealed the reason for their success in 2021, saying that they addressed their weakness in pit stops.
2020 was rock-bottom for Ferrari, having finished sixth in the Constructors’ Championship. Many predicted that was the beginning of the Italian team’s fall from grace, but they silenced their critics in 2021.
The Prancing Horse emerged as the best of the rest last season, clinching P3 in the Constructors’ Championship in a very solid and resurgent year. The icing on the cake was beating rivals McLaren to it, given they were leading the Red team for most of the season.
Ferrari revealed the reason for their success in 2021, saying that it was their focus on improving their pit stop times that gave them results.
“Our focus was on the execution of the races,” Ferrari Racing Director Laurent Mekies said, as quoted by Motorsport-Total.com.
“Maybe there are two things to keep in mind. First, execution comes from preparation, so a few years ago we had to invest a lot in tools and simulations to improve.”
“The year before, we were second to last in terms of that (pit stop timings),” he explained.
“What we look at in terms of fighting for the championship is consistency. The criterion we use is the percentage of pit stops under three seconds.
“In 2020, we were second to last on this criterion. So we’ve done an extensive programme to try and change things, both on the car and with the guys with the training and the methodology we use.
“Today, in terms of said criteria, we are third. And we’re not third in points by accident either. I think this is a good example of how background work leads to better results. In such a close championship battle, where every point is at stake, the execution has to be at the highest level. There are no excuses.
“That’s why in 2021, even if the car wasn’t as fast as we would have liked, we took the fight as if it was for the championship,” he concluded.