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Why Ferrari's improvement still counts for 2022 despite rule changes

Mattia Binotto, Team Principal at Ferrari, believes that the team's increased momentum in 2021 will prove to be valuable going into the new season.

Mattia Binotto thinks that the improvement displayed by Ferrari in 2021 will still count going into the new season, despite the regulation changes coming into effect.

After a challenging year in 2020, the Scuderia made great progress last year. Drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc finished fifth and seventh respectively in the World Championship, whilst the team beat rivals McLaren to claim P3 in the Constructors' Championship.

When quizzed on whether these steps forward could be irrelevant in terms of 2022, given the new rules, Binotto denied that this was the case. The Italian feels that the team can take much of what they have learned into the forthcoming season.

"I think what's happening is pretty relevant," Binotto told media including RacingNews365.com.

"I think especially for what's happening in terms of race management. The team, obviously a new driver, Carlos, getting used to our car, our teamwork.

"[I see improvement in] strategies, the way we are working in terms of tyre management [...] and, together with the drivers, the way we are doing it.

"I think overall in terms of overall race management, we have improved through the season, race by race, and that will be very useful in the view of next year.

"And it's not only the race management, it's the overall entire team interactions, which is important. And I think that we are working somehow well in the view of the 2022 [season]."

2022 car is part of "process of development"

Binotto believes that the process the team have gone through to develop the new car for 2022 is also a part of their ongoing progression.

"The car certainly will be different," he explained.

"But the car as well [is part of the progression] The car, the target, the objectives, what we are doing at the simulator, the comparison with the one we've got today.

"It's all part of a process of development, which is interaction between engineers, people, drivers, which is [something we're] still trying to improve and I think we [have] improved all through the season."

Ferrari have been one of the first F1 teams to announce when they will launch their 2022 car, with the event set to take place on 17 February.

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