Ferrari already looking to 2022

17 September 2020 02:40:10 GMTPlus10

Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto has admitted the F1 giants will need time to get back to their best and predicted "2022 will be our most important opportunity".

It has been a rough time for Ferrari, who ruled the roost in the F1 Constructors' Championship with six straight titles from 1999-2004, but have not finished first since the 2008 team of Finn Kimi Raikkonen alongside Brazilian Felipe Massa triumphed.

The days of legendary Michael Schumacher dominating the field have long gone with the Italian giants unable to bring back the glory days despite the signings of high-profile drivers such as Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

Carlos Sainz Jnr will replace Vettel for next season, joining Charles Leclerc in a potentially exciting partnership which Ferrari fans will hope is not just another false dawn.

This season already looks a total write-off for Ferrari, who are stuck down in sixth place in the Constructors' Championship with only 66 points, way off the pace being set by Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team on 325 points.

Binotto understands the desire for Ferrari to get back to their best and having been with the team for 25 years knows all about the highs as well as the lows, but believes patience will be key.

"What I’ve seen in those 25 years are that there are always moments that can be very difficult," Binotto told F1.com.

"I think what we’re looking for is not a single victory but to try to create solid foundations for eventually a new cycle - we know it will take time.

"This year is certainly very difficult, but 2021 I hope we can do better than what we are doing today. But I think 2022 will be our most important opportunity."

Hamilton is 1.72 to win the Russian Grand Prix next up, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas at 3.25. Leclerc is 251.00 and Vettel is 501.00.

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