There Ferrari is preparing to compete in the Italian Grand Prix in Monza with the aim of defending third place in the constructors’ standings from the assaults of a McLaren that has what it takes to amaze in the Temple of speed. Daniel Ricciardo has always found himself at ease in Brianza and could finally compose a sharp tandem with Lando Norris. The English driver at the Red Bull Ring went to the thousandths to mock Max Verstappen in the chase for pole position, putting the Mercedes W12 behind him, a prospect that would not be surprising to occur again in Monza.
The Scuderia di Maranello knows they are destined to suffer on the long straights of the Lombard track, as already happened in 2020 when Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc went through a weekend of poor competitiveness with the Monegasque driver protagonist of a spectacular accident at the exit of the Parabolica. The SF21 proved to be of another paste than the SF-1000, but it’s hard to dream of another Sunday like the one in 2019 when Leclerc won by adjusting the Mercedes.
Ferrari plans before the end of 2021 the introduction of an updated power unit, an advance of 2022 with new petrol and lubricants prepared by Shell as well as an ERS optimization that should guarantee 10 more horsepower. When this new engine is mounted on Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari SF21 # 16, the Monegasque driver will have to serve a penalty on the starting grid since it will be the fourth engine of the season against the three provided for by the regulation. According to today’s edition of the Spanish sports newspaper ASTurkey could be the stage in Ferrari’s sights to introduce this new specimen of the power unit. The Istanbul round is still in jeopardy due to the pandemic and the restrictions it entails. A year ago the SF-1000 was quite brilliant in Turkey, with Sebastian Vettel able to take the podium on a rainy Sunday. Charles Leclerc finished in fourth place by exaggerating in an attempt to snatch second place from Sergio Perez.
Overcoming is not impossible at Istanbul Park and therefore assuming a comeback from the back of the starting grid is not a utopia. At the moment the Circus plans to run in Turkey from 8 to 10 October, after the stage of Sochi at the end of September. A track where Ferrari could surprise in light of what they achieved in qualifying in Baku where Leclerc won the second consecutive pole position after the one signed at home in Monaco.
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