For once, Helmut Marko agrees with Toto Wolff. It may be pretactic, it may be conviction, but the two Austrians gave the same opinion on Ferrari: not only is it competitive again, but it also has the best engine of the lot. Factor not to be underestimated, given that the power units are frozen until 2026.
The first days of testing at Montmelo evidently led Marko and Wolff to add the Ferrari at the table of favorites for 2022: “The first assessment of the tests in Barcelona was that the Ferrari has reached the top of Mercedes and Red Bull. They are teams that have different technical concepts and in Bahrain the fine-tuning will be decisive. In terms of engine power, it seems that Ferrari is now the best“, These are the words of the Red Bull adviser to the Germans Rtl. Words that follow in toto (it is appropriate to say) those of the ‘rival’ Wolff.
Both Marko and Wolff knew that Ferrari would not stand by and watch in this new regulatory era, and that Maranello would try every way to get back to the top right away. Just as Red Bull would have sold the leather at a very high price so as not to frustrate the efforts of 2021: “For our part, the tests were satisfactory in terms of performance and mileage. Verstappen and Perez got into the car and in the pits they told us: ‘Yes, you drive well’. We still have weaknesses, of course, but they seem solvable with relatively little effort. The first impression was very good“, Marko continued, who then also offered some jokes about the second drivers of Mercedes and Red Bull, who were decisive in some races of the World Championship last year. “George Russell he was sensational in some qualifying, but in the race he was only a few tenths ahead of Nicholas Latifi. Sergio Perez, on the other hand, he is a great team man as well as an established driver. Verstappen? I expect him to be even stronger“. Mercedes and, at this point, even Ferrari are warned.
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