Having not finished first in a race since Singapore 2019, Charles Leclerc narrowly missed out on ending Ferrari‘s run of bad luck at the Grand Prix this past weekend.
In their last three outings (Styria, Austria and Great Britain), the Scuderia have started beating McLaren with ease, and putting pressure on Mercedes as well.
Almost no changes
Ferrari haven’t had a great shake up since Bahrain. They have focused their energy more on correcting mistakes, applying nothing but small adaptations to each circuit.
The result has been far better than expected. As they say, sometimes less is more.
When asked about how Ferrari’s racers have improved so drastically, Marc Gene was modest.
“In truth there is no magic recipe. No hiding anything. They’ve worked very hard on the set-up (the car’s configuration), both behind the scenes and on the circuit and it’s working.”
Achieving what they did on their current engine, which is the least powerful of the four on the grid, sends a strong message to Mercedes and Red Bull for 2022.
If Ferrari are to continue on this path, they will be strong contenders for a championship.
Despite losing the race to Hamilton, Ferrari director Mattia Binotti remained in good spirits.
“We had a good race and I think that is the most important thing for us after the disaster, if you can call it that, of what happened in France,” he said, referring to Ferrari’s first point-less finish of the 2021 F1 season.
“The team has worked well, and there have been three consecutive races now in which we have maintained a good run”, he continued. “To come here to Silverstone, to a difficult track, and come away with a good qualifying and be second in the race is something that we’re very happy with.”
Next stop Hungary
In two weeks, the riders will be off to Hungary, which Ferrari will feel very confident about.
“Budapest is a track that can be better suited to our car,” said Binotto. “It will be very hot again, so front tyre wear will be a problem. But these last few races bode well for our progress.”
Leclerc and Sainz will both be names to keep your eyes on in Budapest.