Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi thinks Ferrari will challenge for the world title in 2022, saying they can take advantage of the top teams’ weaknesses.
Last season had Mercedes and Red Bull take the mantle of the best in the business. They went blow-for-blow in their pursuit of both championships, and ended up winning one each after some intense competition till the last day of the season.
Ferrari, meanwhile, finished right below the two teams in third place in the Constructors’ Championship standings. It was a big improvement from their horror 2020 season, and it was a message to the rest of the grid that they had bigger ambitions than P3.
Accordingly, Fittipaldi thinks Ferrari will challenge for the world title in 2022 and take one more step forward towards their objectives.
“They can be faster at the start,” the Brazilian told Motorsport.com Nederland.
“A team like Ferrari has been working on the new season for much longer. You don’t know, there can be many surprises.”
The big boys will be there
However, Fittipaldi conceded that the top teams will eventually adjust and live up to the standards they have always set for themselves.
“The bigger teams always have an advantage,” he said.
“But other teams can be closer this year. I think it will be more balanced. In any case, I’m happy with the new rules. I mainly hope the cars can follow each other a lot better. Hopefully that will give us more fun races to watch.
“I think the new regulations will cause a lot of surprises. Whoever tackles the new rules the best has a real advantage.
“But you don’t know for sure until the first qualifying of the year because in the tests, you don’t know if they are driving full tanks and the track conditions also have a lot of influence,” he concluded.