If the Ferrari had made the season that has just ended in 2019, no one would have dreamed of judging it positively. Instead these results arrived in 2021, and then the vote is necessarily good, considering the disastrous 2020. As evidence of how judgments are never absolute, but always relative: that is, they must be contextualized, analyzing the moment and the starting point.
Blessed monoculi in terra caecorum, critics will say: translated very loosely from Latin, even a third place seems like a victory if the reference is 2020. However, the year in which the Red was supposed to relive certain humiliations turned out to be surprising on the positive side. The gaps from Mercedes and Red Bull remained staggering, but Ferrari returned to the podium in the constructors’ classification thanks to a arrogant comeback on McLaren. Coming back favored by the new engine adopted by Sochi onwards, the basis of what the fans will see next season. Making it debut in advance allowed us to obtain valuable and promising track data, to the point that team principal Mattia Binotto raised the bar for next year, talking about victory. Noun that, even if referring to some races and not to the World Championship, he had not spoken in Maranello for years.
To tell the truth, with a little more luck and attention, success could have come as early as 2021. From this point of view Charles Leclerc was the undisputed protagonist. The Monegasque has touched the top step of the podium on two occasions: in Monte-Carlo, when the accident in qualifying forced him to retire in the race, and in Silverstone, with Lewis Hamilton who only caught him in the final. However, the two pole positions of # 16 and the very convincing performances of Carlos remain Sainz. The Spaniard was the driver who collected the most points, taking away the Mercedes and Red Bull standard bearers, and had the merit of adapting immediately to the characteristics of the SF21, making him a tough nut to crack even in the first part of the season. Then, a crescendo finish that earned him fifth place. With the Leclerc at the beginning of the year and the Sainz at the end of the season, it is legitimate to dream. With a car that is finally competitive, it becomes a must.
Ferrari, 323.5 points. 3rd place. Average: 14.70 points. In 2020: 6th place
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