After spending just a few hours in the car, Kimi Raikkonen confirms there is an improvement in Ferrari’s power unit compared to last season.
Kimi Raikkonen drove Alfa Romeo’s C41 for just 4 hours and he already tells a positive difference compared to last year’s Ferrari engine. Indeed, not only Ferrari suffered a lot from their 2020 engine, but also their customer’s team, namely Alfa Romeo and Haas.
It has been estimated that Ferrari-powered cars could lose up to one second a lap on the straights compared to a Mercedes-powered car. The Prancing Horse brand has therefore put a lot of effort into the development of their new power unit during the offseason and it looks like their hard work paid off.
“It’s better, but then you would expect that the other manufacturers have also improved.”
“But comparing what we had last year it’s in a better position. We’ll have to wait and see where it is once the racing starts,” says Raikkonen.
The Finnish driver also added: “The car felt slightly different than last year, but it feels very good in some places. The wind made it very difficult yesterday and in other places off the track. But I think it’s a good starting point.”
Nonetheless, it is safe to say that the C41 performed really well on the second day of practice in Bahrain, as it allowed Antonio Giovinazzi to go even faster than Leclerc’s Ferrari. Using the same tire compound, the Italian driver finishing fifth fastest.
If Alfa Romeo’s 2021 contender is able to keep up its rhythm throughout the season, we might have a new participant to the midfield battle that was so entertaining last season.
It is still and will remain unclear until the first race of the season if some teams like Mercedes or Red Bull are sandbagging or not, but if it’s not the case, Alfa Romeo has a very interesting season in perspective.