Ferrari sports director Laurent Mekies said the team had “many small and important achievements” in the hope of an improvement in 2021 during the troubled 2020 F1 season.
In 2020, Ferrari endured the least competitive season of recent history, and sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship was the team’s worst result since 1980.
Drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel could only manage a total of three podiums due to the lack of both aerodynamic and engine performance of the SF1000.
Ferrari has the opportunity to introduce a brand new power unit at the beginning of the 2021 season, but the cost-cutting measures for sports after the COVID-19 crisis mean that the team will need to continue using the current chassis next season. I will.
Aerodynamic development is permitted, but a restricted token system applies to make more meaningful changes to the car.
Despite the more limited options for dramatically overhauling the car, Ferrari is confident that it has learned many valuable lessons that will be taken over in 2021.
“This year we had a lot of small, very important achievements that we didn’t notice because we were behind,” said Mekies, a sports director who was Ferrari’s top staff at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix without a team principal. Told. Mattia Binotto.
“It strengthens us and hopes it will continue next year.
“What we are getting from it is the way we have tried and pushed the boundaries, both in these difficult times and in these globally difficult situations.
“When you get back there, you take more risk, the driver takes more risk, the team takes more risk. It has to be done to get good results. Because it shouldn’t be.
“Getting out of such a comfort zone will certainly strengthen us in the future, if we could call it a comfort zone.”
Ferrari previously announced both development tokens to redesign the rear end of the car to improve the synergies between the existing chassis and next year’s SF21 aerodynamics.
The 2020 car specs proved to be a handful to drive compared to some of its rivals. Leclair, especially the departing Sebastian Vettel, often had a hard time grabbing the car.
Leclerc drove a strong season and finished in 8th place, but Vettel finished his 6-year Ferrari tenure in 13th place in the drivers’ ranking.
Mekies early recognized that Ferrari was “very difficult” for the 2020 season, but due to the compressed nature of the COVID-19-affected season, it took a very long time to fix the problem. I explained that it will take.
“In Barcelona [winter testing] I quickly realized that there were serious concerns about some aspects of the car’s performance, “added Mekies.
“So I knew it would be very difficult. At that point, I still don’t know how long it will take to fully understand them, and even how long it will take to fix them. did.
“And we got into that crazy situation. At that stage we all jumped into COVID and for months we couldn’t touch on all the car issues.
“The season turned out to be very difficult, so I think there were some very difficult signs.”
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