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Both Haas and Alfa Romeo are feeling confident that there will be improvements in their performance this year as Ferrari have felt positive regarding the progress of their new power unit.

The power unit issues faced by Ferrari in 2020 had a knock on effect for their customer teams of Haas and Alfa Romeo, with all three teams scoring just 142 points between them, compared to the 768 points collated by the three Mercedes teams. It left Ferrari in a disappointing 6th position in the standings, their worst finish since 1980. Alfa Romeo finished in 8th and Haas in 9th.

For 2021, Ferrari have gambled on a new power unit, and team boss Mattia Binotto has suggested that they have “recovered quite a lot of speed on the straights” which can only be good news for the Scuderia after the embarrassing results of last year.

“Last year the main issue was the speed on the straight lines, not on the power, but power and drag,” said Binotto at the first of Ferrari’s two season launch events. “We’ve worked a lot on both sides, the power unit and the car’s aerodynamics, to reduce the drag of the car. According to our simulations today, based on what we are seeing in terms of power output from the dynos, from the wind tunnel data too, I think we have recovered quite a lot of speed on the straights,”

“So I’m expecting the speed not to be such an issue as it was. We hope to be competitive, but we’ll know it only when we are in Bahrain because I think it’s always relative to what the others are doing,” he continued. “But we believe our car is certainly more efficient compared to the one we had last year and when I’m saying efficient, again, it’s both from the aerodynamic point of view and from the power unit point of view.”

Frederic Vasseur and Guenther Steiner talks in the Paddock | Formula 1  photos |

This can only leave the customer teams of Haas and Alfa Romeo positive that they can be more competitive this year. Alfa Romeo team principal Fred Vasseur has stated he has felt encouraged by the numbers coming out of Maranello.

“The collaboration with Ferrari is going very well,” said Vasseur. “We had a strong meeting, a long meeting during the winter, to cover the points of last year where perhaps we didn’t do the perfect job. But we are on the good path. I think on their side, they will recover probably a large part of the issues we had last year. The collaboration is getting better and better.”

Guenther Steiner, team principal at Haas, has suggested that Ferrari have made “good steps” with their power unit, despite Hass unable to fire it up due to Covid-19 restrictions. The earliest they will be able to do that will be at pre-season testing at Bahrain this weekend.

“[Ferrari] made a good step,” said Steiner. “I haven’t seen any data yet – we will just see that one in Bahrain – but supposedly there is a good step forward this year and hopefully we can put it into results.”

Ferrari will be launching their new 2021 challenger tomorrow at their second launch event, ahead of pre-season testing this weekend.


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