Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says he wants the outfit to be in a position to win races in 2022, as they work towards the ultimate goal of fighting for world titles again.
Ferrari's last victory came at the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, after which the team endured a torrid 2020 campaign, recording just three podiums and slumping to sixth in the Constructors' standings – their worst classification in 40 years.
But improvements were made in all areas for 2021 as Ferrari returned to the top three, behind Mercedes and Red Bull, despite an early switch of focus to the 2022 season and the all-new technical regulations.
Ferrari want to fight for race victories again in 2022
As rivals talk up their chances for F1's new era, given that early development move, Binotto admits the minimum target for Ferrari is to "be capable of winning races" and to continue the positive trend.
"I think we've got a clear ambition, and that is Ferrari's ambition, my ambition, is that at some time we need to become World Champion," Binotto told media, including RacingNews365.com, at the launch of the new F1-75.
"But we know as well how difficult it is to close the gap to the best. Last year, at the end of the season, the gap was still very big.
"I think our objective for 2022 certainly is to back to being competitive and being competitive means being capable of winning races.
"I think that's the way we see at the moment. And I think we will be pretty happy if we will be in that position."
Binotto feeling the responsibility to return Ferrari to the front
Binotto added that he feels the responsibility to return Ferrari to winning ways, but is doing his best to remain calm in the build up to the new season.
"I think managing the pressure is staying focused on what you're doing," added Binotto.
"I think [we have been] so busy doing what we are doing each single day by developing the car, designing the car, proving ourselves at the end... we are not really considering the pressure itself.
"I'm really concentrated and focused on my job, together with the entire team, and that's the way it is.
"Do I feel the responsibility? Certainly, I feel it. If we do not win, is that a failure for Ferrari? I think it's important for Ferrari to be back to being competitive. [For] a long time we are saying 2022 is our best opportunity to be back to being competitive.
"I am not considering a failure at the moment, because I don't think it is the way it is. We are simply focused on trying to do our best, raising the level and having a good start to the season."
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