Ferrari already confirmed they are now flat out in terms of development for their 2022 challenger. The Maranello outfit has high expectations for next season and Leclerc admitted that the car already feels “very different” after simulator tests.
Formula One is set to enter a new era in 2022. Single-seaters will be totally different compared to what we were used to so far, with new major aerodynamic specifications spicing up the situation.
Most of the teams already admitted being fully or at least almost fully concentrated on their 2022 concept as a new opportunity has arisen for smaller teams to compete with big names of the sport. Nailing next year’s car and apprehend the new set of regulations better than the others could unlock amazing new opportunities for under-performing teams of the current 2021 grid.
Leclerc revealed that he already met with his ride for next year in the simulator and could straight away feel major differences with this year’s SF21. Although Ferrari’s positioning compared to its competitors is still fuzzy, Leclerc knows how important of a job he and teammate Sainz will have, to ensure their competitiveness amongst next year’s grid.
“Yes we did,” Leclerc said, confirming he and his teammate tested their 2022 concept in the simulator.
“It feels very different. Then I think it’s a question mark for everyone whether we are developing well or not.”
“The only thing we can do is try to work in the best way possible with Carlos to try and explain what are the weaknesses of this year’s car, try to understand why we have those weaknesses, and try to not reproduce those mistakes for next year’s car even though the project is completely different.”
“So I would say on the simulator, we’ve got quite a big input and we can help a lot, and also with this year’s feedback to try and help the team to work in the right direction and for them to know exactly what they need to go quick.”
“As I was saying, it’s such a different project, it’s very, very early days, so nobody knows where we are positioning ourselves compared to the others. But we are working on it.”