With the start of the 2021 F1 around the corner, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto offers a realistic picture of where the Italian team currently stands.
With Ferrari experiencing one of their worst seasons ever in Formula 1 during 2020, the team will be looking to bounce back this year. Their team principal Binotto however, is unsure when the team will return to the front of the grid.
"I don't know when we will win a title, but in the end we will do it again with this great team of workers," Binotto the Gazzetta dello Sport.
"We know we have not bridged the gap to the favourites, also because the chassis has remained almost the same. Yet I hear from left and right that we should be in contention, just because we are Ferrari. That is not fair to put it like that.
"We will show our progress and show that we have the capacity to eventually fight for competitive places again. So I am proud to be the leader of Ferrari and I am convinced that we will eventually reach our goal."
Binotto also accepted that part of Ferrari's struggles were down to the team's power-unit, stating that while the team has made improvements on the engine front this year, 2022 represents a more realistic timeline of when the team's efforts will bear fruit.
"We are closing the gap with the top teams, but we haven't completely closed the gap with the engine towards the front teams," Binotto continued.
"That's why we are working on making the engine for 2022 even better, it will be necessary because the other teams will also invest in it. The power unit is an important part next season, because after three seasons you can't change anything anymore.
"Next year we will also have to use a new type of petrol, with 10% ethanol, which can also have an important influence on the power unit."
All signs point towards another uphill struggle for Ferrari in 2021. The once dominant Italian brand has failed to win a driver's title in it's last 13 years of competition a streak that is only outdone by the team's drought between 1980 and 2000.