May 11, 2021

2022 car has been Ferrari’s development priority since January


In the round-up: Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says few further updates will arrive for this year’s car as they are already focusing their development effort on next season.

In brief

Ferrari focused on 2022 since year began

With extensive new technical regulations arriving for the 2022 F1 season, all teams face a balancing act of when to commit their resources to next year’s championship.

The decision has been made more complicated by the introduction of both new Financial regulations – the budget cap – and an aerodynamic development handicap. The latter allows teams which finished lower down the constructors’ championship last year to do more development during this season.

Speaking after Sunday’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, Binotto said Ferrari was sufficiently satisfied with the progress it has made since its poor 2020 campaign to throw its weight behind a major development push for next season. As it finished sixth out of 10 teams last year, Ferrari will be permitted more development time than the majority of its rivals.

“I think the car for 2021 is where we were expecting, so good correlations with our data,” said Binotto. “Which is great.

“Is it time to switch to 2022? We already switched from January. So the team is already focussed on next year. We will have still some development on 2021 but that’s not our priority.”

McLaren Technology Centre sold by team

McLaren has completed the sale-and-leaseback of the McLaren Group Headquarters, which includes the distinctive McLaren Technology Centre which is home to its Formula 1 team, in a 20-year, £170 million deal. Global Net Lease confirmed yesterday it is the buyer.

GNL CEO James Nelson said the Norman Foster-designed buxilding was a “world-class facility” which is “the type of mission-critical, net-leased properties that make up the GNL portfolio.”

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