After a strong showing in Bahrain where both their cars scored points, Ferrari will be heading back to the simulator before the next F1 race as they prepare to battle it out with McLaren.
While Mercedes and Red Bull look to be in a class of their own, the Scuderia look to be in the battle for the best of the rest. This is highlighted by the fact both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished in the top 10, something Ferrari managed to accomplish just five times from 17 races last season.
McLaren are also in the mix, with Corriere dello Sport pointing out Ferrari will be putting in some work in the simulator ahead of the next race in Imola.
"Ferrari's new reference point are McLaren," the publication wrote. "Binotto and his men are hoping to beat the British team in the battle for third in the constructors' standings.
"The Scuderia is hoping to compete with McLaren this season by looking to optimise their aerodynamics. At the moment the car is asking too much from its tyres which has consequences on the long runs according to feedback from Sainz and Leclerc from the first race and testing.
"That problem was partly solved by using the simulator, and that same simulator will now play a role in the development of the Ferrari and finding the right setup. They will be hoping to find out more about the car in the coming weeks before Imola, before switching over to the 2022 car as soon as possible."