How far can Ferrari recover in 2021?
A new driver combination, a refreshed mentality and winter developments targeted at the weaknesses of its 2020 Formula 1 car puts Ferrari in a much stronger position heading into the new season. After a quiet but encouraging pre-season test, the rate of its recovery will soon become clear.
As Ferrari began to come to terms with the severity of its plight in the early part of 2020, there was a “strange” atmosphere at the team, says Charles Leclerc.
“We realised the reality of things was quite a lot worse than what we expected,” he recalls, harking back to the end of pre-season testing as the limitations of the SF1000 car and Ferrari engine became painfully clear to the whole paddock. That set the tone for Ferrari’s worst season in Formula 1 for 40 years as the Prancing Horse slumped to sixth in the constructors’ championship, and scored just three podium finishes.
Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his teammate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon.
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Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory
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Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying.
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