Ferrari are poised to make a strong push for third in the constructors' standings this season which is why the Scuderia will continue developing the SF21 into the summer.
The 2020 F1 campaign was one to forget for the Italian outfit as they slumped to their worst finish since 1980. Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel failed to register a victory as the team finished sixth in the constructors' standings, with their power unit the biggest cause for concern.
While things didn't look all that promising during winter testing, it appears Ferrari were holding back as they have made progress. Both Leclerc and new teammate Carlos Sainz reached Q3 in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, something neither car did last year, with both bringing home points.
Auto Motor und Sport reports Ferrari believe they are now third behind Mercedes and Honda when it comes to their power unit, with the team confident they aren't far back from the German outfit. That's why the team plan to continue development on the SF21 well into June before switching to the 2022 car.
Ferrari are confident they can make a strong push for the third in the standings, with McLaren and Alpha Tauri the biggest threats as Alpine and Aston Martin appear to have fallen back for the time being. That's why the Scuderia will bring a small aerodynamic upgrade to Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which should result in some changes to the wings and underbody. More parts are expected for the following race in Portugal.
One area the team has focused on is improving in medium and fast corners, as they believe there is time to be made up there. Another focus is on how the SF21 reacts to the wind, with the car seemingly more susceptible to changes in performance depending on how strong they are.