“It’s something that hopefully will make us stronger”- Ferrari claims that they can make a comeback in 2021 after a rough 2020.
Ferrari had a struggling year as they finished on 7th position in 2020, with only little success to enjoy over the course of 17 races in which they competed.
But Ferrari’s sporting director Laurent Mekies claims that there were significant leaps made by Ferrari which were ignored by everyone, and advocates their comeback style entry in 2021.
“There were a lot of small, very significant achievements in the year, that were unnoticed because we were at the back,” said sporting director Mekies as per the Motorsport, who was Ferrari’s most senior staff member at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the absence of team principal Mattia Binotto.
“It’s something that hopefully will make us stronger, and that we will carry on to the next year. What we take from that is even in such a hard time, in such globally difficult conditions, the way we have tried and pushed our limits.
“When you are back there, you are down to take more risk, drivers are taking more risk, the team takes more risk because that’s what you have to do to get a good result.
“That sort of getting out of the comfort zone, if you can call it a comfort zone, certainly will make us stronger in the future.”
Foreseen the situation at Ferrari
Mekies further went onto claim that before the start of 2020 calendar, during the winter testing only Ferrari presumed its situation, but little could have been dealt as COVID-19 lockdown ravaged any score of improvement.
“In Barcelona [winter testing] we quickly realised that we had serious concerns about some of the aspects of the performance of the car,” Mekies added.
“So we knew it was going to be very difficult. We didn’t know yet at that time how long it was going to be for us to understand them fully, and even less to fix them.
“And then we went into that crazy situation, where we all jumped into COVID at that stage, and couldn’t touch all problems of the car for a few months. I guess there were indications there that the season would be extremely difficult, as it turned out to be.” he concluded.