BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 28: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 leads Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren F1 Team MCL35M Mercedes on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 28, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

McLaren driver Lando Norris thinks Ferrari will be in the 2022 title race, and backed his team’s rivals to be in the mix next season.

Ferrari bounced back from a disastrous 2020 to have a resurgent 2021. In the last season, they ironed out the many hitches they had at the turn of the decade and became a key player in the battle for P3, coincidentally fought with Norris’ team McLaren.

McLaren led their Italian rivals for the majority of the season in the Constructors’ Championship standings. However, a collapse from Woking and relentless consistency from Maranello saw the latter take P3 ahead of their rivals.

It was a great season for the Prancing Horse, and a worrying sign for the teams above them.

Norris thinks Ferrari will be in the 2022 title race after the momentum from last season, suggesting that they would cause Mercedes and Red Bull problems.

“The progress they’ve made in the latter part of the season has had nothing to do with the car,” he said, as quoted by SomersetLive.

Lando Norris believes Ferrari will be more competitive in the 2022 Formula 1 season.
Norris (right) with Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz (left). Source: Getty Images

“They have only improved their power units. I don’t think they’ve ever had a terrible car. Even in the last few years, I don’t think they’ve had a terrible car. They just lacked on the engine side.”

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“When the power unit was good, they won races, so I expect them to be very competitive,” he continued.  

“This year they said they haven’t invested in the development of the car and they were all focused on next season.

“They are Ferrari, I think the most successful team in F1, and they are for a reason. I expect them to fight for wins and podiums next season. If we can join that, that would be fantastic.”

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