Helmut Marko has predicted Ferrari as the team that will be able to challenge Red Bull and Mercedes in 2022.
With a wave of new technical regulations being introduced into the sport for the new season, there is some uncertainty about how the pecking order might be affected.
Red Bull's Marko, though, is anticipating that the two current leading teams will most likely remain at the front, and he is not expecting an innovation in the vein of the double diffuser created by Brawn GP back in 2009.
"The double diffuser was a political issue at the time," Marko told AutoRevue.
"With the standard that teams like Mercedes and Red Bull have today - with simulation, computers and all the resources - I don't think so."
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Despite this, Marko believes that the new rules will help in lessening the gap between competitors and bringing the field closer together.
As such, he thinks this might allow Ferrari to return to winning ways, with the Scuderia not having won an F1 race since 2019.
"Hopefully it will be tighter, because in principle - when we're at full speed - the two of them [Mercedes and Red Bull] will have lapped the field," Marko explained.
"But I think the balance of power will remain the same. Maybe Ferrari will take another step and win one or two races under its own steam."
Ferrari showed signs of improvement last year following a difficult 2020 season, and beat McLaren to P3 in the Constructors' Championship.
"The last step they took on the engine was clear," Marko added.
"And from what you hear, they are also doing very well on e-fuels. But you need consistency throughout the year."
Ferrari have confirmed that they will launch their 2022 challenger on 17 February, whilst Red Bull are yet to confirm the date that they will unveil their new car.
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