Ferrari look to have turned things around after a disappointing 2020 F1 season, with Natalie Pinkham and Damon Hill both praising the team for the gains they've made so far this campaign.
The Scuderia finished a lowly sixth in the constructors' standings with no wins last season, and while the team were adamant in preseason that they had improved, there were still doubts. However, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have both finished in the points in the two races so far, including fourth and fifth at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, indicating that perhaps Ferrari's fortunes have well and truly changed.
"It feels as if there is a real spring in the step of the Scuderia for the first time in a long time," Pinkham stated on the F1 Nation podcast. "We're seeing great performance.
"I know we saw it last year in qualifying, particularly from Leclerc, but you're seeing Sainz speak with real passion and conviction about the future and definite performance gains made with both cars."
Hill echoed those sentiments, stating that while Ferrari aren't happy with just finishing in the top 10, it is a step in the right direction after last year's debacle.
"Ferrari are not at the sharp end right now, but certainly looking a lot better than they were last year and quite a solid and good result for them," said Hill on the same podcast. "Both drivers pushing each other towards the end of the race, and solidly in the middle of the top 10.
"I know they won't be happy with that, but I think that it's a good start. It's a good foundation, and it's certainly better than it was last year."