Ferrari team president John Elkhann
said on Wednesday during the team’s unveiling of the new SF21 car that the side
had ‘learned the lessons’ from the 2020 season. The season was particularly disastrous
for the F1 side, as they came in sixth in the constructors standings last year,
442 points behind champions Mercedes, reported AFP.
“2020 is behind us but won’t be
forgotten and will have made us stronger”, Elkann was quoted AFP as saying,
further noting that the previous season had put the team “to the test both on
track and the factory”.
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Agreeing to Elkann’s comments, Laurent
Mekies, Racing Director to the team, said that their 2021 campaign would be
highly influenced by the previous season, which he portrayed as more of a
“We have tried to learn from our
mistakes and to improve in the areas where we were simply not strong enough. Of
course, in context of frozen technical regulations and new financial
regulations, there is a limit to how fast we can turn things around but
nevertheless, we are trying to reconstruct our way back to the more competitive
side of the grid”, Mekies was quoted as saying.
Drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz
Jr will be starting off on Thursday with the SF21, ahead of winter test in
Bahrain, which would be the final pit stop before the 2021 season’s first Grand
Prix starts in Sakhir on March 28.
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Reportedly, the new SF21 car is an
upgradation of last year’s SF1000 with a modified engine. The regulations
require usage of the same chasis, which is stated to be the reason why various
other changes could not be made.