Ferrari will be hoping that Leclerc or Sainz can outperform their previous performances on the Red Bull Ring in 2021. Because the circuit is also bordered by mountain ranges, severe weather is always a possibility, which might generate even more possibilities for young drivers looking for opportunities. In addition to this, there are also discussions about whether Sebastian Vettel will remain with the team after his current contract expires at the end of 2020.
When did Ferrari last win here? In 2004 they took advantage of a four-car collision between Benetton, Renault, Jordan and Minardi to take home the victory. That was Michael Schumacher's first race back from his karting accident the year before. He went on to claim a record seven consecutive championships. Since then the team has failed to finish higher than fourth place on the grid.
The Red Bull Ring was originally known as the Österreichring when it was built in 1994. It was renamed after being sold to an Austrian consortium in 2001. The name change was made to avoid conflict with the Italian Olympic Committee who had rights to use the "Ring" name due to its role in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.
Honda won in 2001 with Rubens Barrichello behind the wheel of an RA301H.
Ferrari can only improve from where it is in 2020, and Leclerc can only improve with a third full year of F1 experience under his belt. It will need misfortune for Mercedes and/or something amazing from Leclerc, but victories are not out of the question.
The only way Ferrari can catch up to Mercedes is by spending more money than its rival. But given that both cars are very expensive, that doesn't seem likely. In fact, it's possible that Ferrari will continue to spend less than its competitor thanks to its smaller budget. Still, one must remember that if you want to win on merit alone, you cannot be competitive without funding new technologies.
In short, yes, Ferrari can beat Mercedes in 2020, but it will require some luck along with leclerc being at his best possible level. As for how it will do so - that's hard to say. But one thing's for sure: it will need to be better than it was this year if it wants to remain in the fight for titles.
In 2021, Charles Leclerc will win two Grands Prix.
Ferrari has won more races than any other car manufacturer with 51 wins to its name. It is also one of only three manufacturers to have never been beaten in Formula 1 (the others being Mercedes-Benz and Renault).
A special mention should be made of Ferrari's dominance during the early years of Formula 1. From 1950 to 1970, Ferrari was either first or second at the end of every season. Only Mercedes managed to beat them over this period.
In 1971, however, Ferrari was beaten by McLaren for the first time since 1949. Since then, the gap between the two teams has constantly grown, with Ferrari rarely managing to finish higher than fourth place over the past four seasons.
However, despite their recent shortcomings, Ferrari remains one of the most successful brands in Formula 1 history. In 2010, they returned to the top step of the podium after eight years away from victory lane. In addition to this, they remain the only team to have scored 100 points or more in each season of the modern Formula 1 era (2001-2010).
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari-Charles Leclerc Carlos Sainz Jr., fresh off two years as the de facto team leader at McLaren, will join him. He'll be 35 in May but has already won the World Rally Championship and the Dakar Rally multiple times.
His younger brother Antonio will also return to Ferrari after one season with Mercedes. The former F1 driver is expected to take over from Charles Leclerc when he turns 21 in April 2020.
Ferrari announced its lineup for 2021 on Wednesday: It will be Charles Leclerc in the #1 car and Sebastian Vettel will return to the team he started out with in 2004 after three seasons with German powerhouse Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas will leave the team that hired him in 2015 after one unsuccessful season.
Charles Leclerc, who earns an estimated $12 million per year, says he would not quit Ferrari even if his compensation was doubled. Leclerc joined Ferrari in 2019 with a single objective in mind: to win a world championship with the Italian team. When asked if that would persuade him to leave, he said, "No, because Ferrari is exceptional."
His statement suggests that there are still some challenges ahead of him at Ferrari. The young Frenchman will need to show rapid progress in order to keep his place in the team. If he does not, then it's possible that one day we might see another driver representing Ferrari at the top level of sports car racing.
Leclerc is only 23 years old and has two seasons of experience in Formula One. He scored both of his career victories so far this year with Ferrari. Before joining the team, Leclerc had been driving for Sauber, where he earned a reputation as a fast but error-prone driver. His move to Ferrari was seen as a big promotion and proved to be a good decision since it got him onto the podium on his debut race weekend.
He also received a vote of confidence from former champion Michael Schumacher who said Leclerc has all the necessary qualities to become a great driver. This statement is likely to give other drivers at Ferrari some cause for concern since it shows that Leclerc is planning to bring more than just talent when he races against them next season.
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula One, believes Scuderia Ferrari will outperform last year this season. With steady restrictions and minimal vehicle development permitted, the pecking order is projected to stay substantially unchanged in 2021.... However, under its new owner, the Faenza-based team has been given more freedom over how it designs and builds cars. This includes being allowed to make its own suspension components which former owners Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Ferrari were not permitted to do.
Ferrari was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1946. He wanted to build a sports car that would win races while remaining affordable for Europeans to buy. The first model, the 350 MM (Monumental Meritario), was released in 1951. It had a 348 CM engine producing 150 horsepower. In 1952 this was increased to 200 horsepower. By 1954, there were more than 300 Ferraris on European roads with a price tag of about $10,000 (€7,800). That's less than $100,000 (€77,000) in today's money!
Enzo Ferrari also hired another young engineer named Luca Di Montezemolo who would go on to become one of the most important engineers in Ferrari history. Di Montezemolo designed the first four-wheel drive Ferrari, called the Tipo 437.
F1 drivers and teams in 2021
|Ferrari||16. Charles Leclerc 55. Carlos Sainz Jr.|
|Haas-Ferrari||9. Nikita Mazepin 47. Mick Schumacher|
|McLaren-Mercedes||3. Daniel Ricciardo 4. Lando Norris|
|Mercedes||77. Valtteri Bottas 44. Lewis Hamilton|