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Engine made a “large step forward,” says Ferrari

Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 on track during Day Three of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 14, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

Scuderia Ferrari reaffirms their confidence in their 2021 engine, saying it has made a “large step forward” from last year.

Ferrari had a horrendous 2020 with the SF1000, a car suffering to keep up the pace on the straights, something which also affected customer teams Alfa Romeo and Haas, which pointed to a problem in the Scuderia’s Power Unit.

The Prancing Horse, however, is now confident that their 2021 Power Unit has made a “large step forward” in comparison to last year, said Sporting Director Laurent Mekies.

“The engine is better, there is no doubt,” he said. “We don’t need to come to the track to know it, in the way that we have dynos, we know that the engine has made a large step forward.

“Is it enough? It depends [on] how much the other guys progress in the meantime. We have no way to estimate that apart from our own experience in developing [power units].

“So I think it will take a race or two to estimate where everybody is at.”

Asked about how competitive Ferrari will be this season looking at their performance in pre-season testing, Mekies said the team won’t make any conclusions.

“We are in the phase where we are making sure that we have on the track what we are supposed to have. We try not to get distracted by what’s around us.

“We need to make sure that what was at the factory is delivered. This is true for the engine, it is true for the aero, it is true for the car suspension.”

Mekies also said that there are “no outstanding” issues with the car after pre-season testing, but that it “doesn’t mean that there is not a number of steps that will need to be done in all areas,” he concluded.

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