Looking at the half-season to date as Formula 1 takes its summer break, Ferrari is the most improved team from last year – albeit from a base of 2020 being its worst for 40 years as it suffered from the blow of technical directives which severely curtailed its horsepower.
But the rapidity of its recovery, despite being hampered by the limited scope of permitted car changes between last year to this, holds real promise for the 2022 re-set.
Team boss Mattia Binotto recently summarised 2021 progress. “In the first 11 races we have achieved 163 points. It was 80 points at the same stage last season… That 83-point increase is the most of the entire grid. If we look at pure performance in qualifying, last year on average we were 1.4sec off pole. Today we are 0.7sec off. Still a distance, we are fully aware of that, but good improvement.