Laurent Mekies has revealed that Ferrari have stopped developing their 2021 car and are now fully concentrated on the 2022 car development.
Ferrari, at the start of this season, made the decision to balance the development of both cars simultaneously but have now decided that going into round 7 in France, they would stop all advances on the 2021 car to concentrate on their 2022 concept. Nonetheless, Mekies also mentioned that Ferrari will continue to look at the SF21’s flaws and try to improve every weekend, directly on the race track.
“From a car development point of view, we have already made our decisions. It is all on 2022, and there will be no real upgrade coming to improve these weaknesses [on the SF21],” Mekies said.
“However, you can always work on [the car’s issues] by simply understanding them better, and if you understand them better or you simply understand what are the reasons for which we are performing a bit less in those conditions it can open the door to solutions that you can already apply.”
“And that’s why for us, even though the car is the same as the previous races, it’s still a good challenge to come here after a few races where we have enjoyed a lot of slow-speed corners, but to see: how did we improve something, did we understand more?”
Earlier this week, Charles Leclerc admitted there will be a ‘return to reality’ after two outstanding races. Leclerc has taken the last two pole positions and his teammate Carlos Sainz took a podium in Monaco. However, the duet is now expecting to show more realistic performance and does not think people should be as demanding as they were in Baku or Monaco.