Ferrari endured one of its worst seasons in Formula 1 last year. A sixth position finish is not something that will looked upon easily. Given the team’s reputation, it would definitely have pinched them.
It was almost certain that they would show some improvement this season. Bahrain proved this theory.
Just how much they have managed to improve is the more fascinating concern. While the team is said to be happy with the partnership of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, they are still some way off the pace.
Former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore believes that while Ferrari has made progress, they should not get too optimistic about their chances this season.
Ferrari vice president Piero Ferrari had earlier claimed that he was hoping his team can claim a race victory at some point this season.
Briatore completely dismissed this suggestion, assuming all cars finish. In fact, he said the team will struggle to even make the podium.
“Ferrari will attack, but it will be difficult for them to get on the podium when all the cars finish,” Briatore said.
Despite featuring two of the best drivers on the grid, he said the car will limit their impact.
“Ferrari still has opportunities to improve. With Sainz and Leclerc you have two great drivers who both did a good job, there is nothing to be said, but they are still restricted by the car,” said Briatore.
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto recently confessed that the team has already shifted its focus to the car for the 2022 edition, adhering to its regulations. Therefore, fans should be wary of having lofty expectations.
“We know that we will not work much on the development of that car because we will focus on the 2022 in terms of design development. I am pretty sure it is the same with the other competitors,” said Binotto.