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Sport Binotto: That's why Ferrari cannot do it in 2022 like Mercedes in 2014

18:42  27 january  2021
18:42  27 january  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Mercedes has been unbeaten in the Formula 1 World Championship since the start of the hybrid era in 2014. In the past seven years, the drivers 'and constructors' championships have been won. There has never been such a long dominance in the history of the premier class. And there is currently no end in sight.

Because the rules will remain more or less stable for another year, Mercedes will again be the favorite in the 2021 season. The great opportunity to break through the dominance will only come in 2022 with the completely new regulations. Especially could be a chance for the currently troubled Ferrari team .

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Because you won't have a realistic chance of winning the World Cup in 2021 anyway, it makes sense to postpone the resources at Scuderia to 2022 early on. Mercedes itself did a similar thing at the time. In the years before the new regulations, everything was set early on for the new era from 2014. That paid off back then.

With the power unit, Mercedes had a huge lead over the competition, especially in the first year of the new regulations. Does the Ferrari do the same thing now? "I don't think you can compare the situations," dismisses team boss Mattia Binotto and explains that the conditions are completely different this time.

"Back then, Mercedes was clever enough to develop its power unit long before anyone else," he remembers. This would have given the Silver Arrows an advantage. The problem for Ferrari: The new car for 2022 can only be worked on again since January 1, 2021. For cost reasons, there was a development stop beforehand.

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According to Binotto this is the "main difference" to the situation at that time. "If there is one thing in common, it is because there is a big rule change. But the timing is very different," he explains. Even so, Ferrari could have at least a small advantage over Mercedes and Red Bull.

That depends on whether the cops will be able to challenge Mercedes in 2021. If that is not the case, then the development in Brackley can be switched over to the coming year at an early stage. In the past, Mercedes always did that when the world title was almost certain.

Ferrari's "lead" would then be a few months at best. Mercedes would be in a bigger dilemma if the pressure from Red Bull forced them to further develop the current car until the end of the season. That could then come at the expense of the 2022 development.

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