BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 26: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 26, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Ferrari on their way back to the front in 2022?

Ferrari has always been one of the big teams in Formula One and despite being the most successful Constructors of all time, they’ve struggled in the past few seasons. However, things are looking on their way up and maybe 2022 is the year we see the famous Red cars back on the top step of the podium.

 

Binotto finally seems to be taking the team in the right direction

Mattia Binotto has come under a lot of scrutinies in the past for some decisions he made and those came shortly after I released a video talking about how his new modern way of working would be a good thing for Ferrari.

After their worst season ever, I have to hold my hands up and admit I was wrong but their progress in 2022 and the issues behind the scenes regarding Sebastian Vettel’s departure may have played a bigger role in their collapse than being more open with the media.

I think we are finally seeing that Binotto’s decision to sign Carlos Sainz is a fantastic move despite concerns at the start of the season. With the team being out of the spotlight for most of the season, it has allowed Binotto and the team to just keep doing what they do best and create a car that is now the third fastest on the grid.

 

Sainz vs Leclerc – Not much between them

It’s not often that we find a new driver come into a team and be as strong as Sainz was, but that is exactly what happened at Ferrari in 2021.

However, it is something that is all too common when it comes to Ferrari. Charles Leclerc arrived in the red of Ferrari and was immediately challenging Sebastian Vettel, who didn’t take long to get up to pace and beat Kimi Raikonnen. This is a theme that we have seen throughout the history of Ferrari.

Carlos Sainz has been rapid and we all know the talent of Charles Leclerc, however, we didn’t really get to see much of that blistering pace throughout the season. What Leclerc has got a lot of this season is fighting at the sharp end of the midfield and I believe this will be very important to his development as a driver.

These two drivers will have had a year working together under their belt and so there hasn’t been anything to suggest that they don’t get along.  Another season where they push each other for the best result possible can only be a good thing for Ferrari.

 

What are their chances in 2022?

This one is a little difficult because we don’t really know where each team will be with the new regulation changes. I think Ferrari are going to have a strong package and therefore I expect to see them on the podium more frequently this season.

I can also see the Scuderia pick up the odd race victory and with two very solid drivers in their cars, either driver could claim a race victory and help Ferrari take the challenge to Mercedes and Red Bull once more very soon.

 

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