“We are focused on 2022″– Ferrari has claimed that it has diverted 90-95% of its resources towards the 2022 project amidst revival plans.
Ferrari’s 2021 objective was to be at the top of the midfield, and currently, it is battling against McLaren for that position. But in the latest priority revelation, Ferrari is not keen on spending its resources on 2021 car.
Rather, they are heavily dedicated towards developing a car for 2022, which can give them a better shot in the season than the current 2021 car can ever.
“We are pretty much already in full switch, it’s already the case for us,” Laurent Mekies said in Barcelona. “If you want to put a number to it, if you call it 90% [or] 95%, whatever you want to call it, but it’s pretty much where we are.”
“This is very clear to us, we are focused on 2022,” Mekies added. “The fact that the field is tight that you may need a few hundredths or a few tenths to switch from sixth to third will not change our strategy, the focus is on next year.”
“We have switched the large majority of our resources to it already. It doesn’t mean that some details will not change on the car from now onwards, as we all do with what we learn at the racetrack. But the focus is on next year, even if the field is tight. For us it is a clear decision.”
2021 will not be frustrating
Mekies has assured that this approach by the leadership will not be frustrating for the team, as the steady performance level of the car will give his team a good benchmark of its own performance every weekend.
“I think it comes with some good news with the race team, because your progress as a race team is always somehow blurred by the amount of development that you bring relative to the completion,” he added.
“You never know for sure how much the competition progressed, and you know how much you’ve progressed. But this time there will be very little development.
“We know it’s only a few tenths, maybe a few hundredths sometimes between the cars and it’s down to us at the factory and at the race track in how good we prepare going into the track, how good of a preparation we have to do, how good we execute, how good we adapt.”
“So I think for the race team it is good news, because it means that’s what we have, and that’s what we go to a race with, and the fact that the field is very tight in that context I think is a great challenge for all of us.”