The Ferrari Formula 1 Team experienced their worst ever Formula 1 World Championship campaign result in 2020 when they ended the season in 6th place, the lowest ever championship result in the history of their iconic brand!
After a very competitive 2019 F1 Championship result it was difficult to believe, never mind understand their sudden downturn in performance in 2020 compared to 2019.
With rumors of a "behind the door deal made with the FIA to turn down the Ferrari Engine (PU) as punishment for its so-called illegal engine (power output methodology)" during 2019, coupled to the sudden and unexpected news that Ferrari will not extend 4 time Formula 1 World Champion driver Sebastian Vettel's contract beyond 2021 (even before the start of the 2020 season) could explain such a poor performance in the 2020 F1 Championship.
Added to this Ferrari also announced Carlos Saintz from the McLaren F1 Team as Vettel's replacement confirming previous rumors that the Ferrari F1 Team management and Vettel weren't seeing eye to eye any longer.
Therefore in light of these somewhat surprising, but also disturbing facts, no one expected the Ferrari F1 Team to perform any better in 2021 than 2020 with these changes and rules on the 2021 cars and PU development for 2021 remaining unchanged. Certainly this would leave Ferrari F1 stuck in the same boat on performance as 2020.
However from the start of the 2021 season Ferrari seemed to have a new swagger and positivity about themselves. This can be seen by how both their drivers Charles Leclerc and new signing Carlos Saintz have scored points finishing results so far in 2021 F1 World Championship, including 2 surprise pole positions by Leclerc in Monaco and Baku, and a second place first podium finish for Saintz.
This has raised the question "Is Ferrari masking their true potential in 2021?". Is this possibly because Ferrari started the development of their 2022 car at the beginning of 2020 already, using 2020 as an "on track" test of new components for both their 2021 & 2022 cars which are quite different and call for a complete redesign of the acronymic rules especially. All this while other teams were focusing their resources and budget on trying to win the 2020 championship instead perhaps...who knows judging by their unusually improved results this year?
What are your thoughts or suspicions on Ferrari's somewhat unexpected improvement in performance this year?
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