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Why Mercedes and Red Bull will be watching Ferrari's launch closely

All eyes will be on Ferrari as the team launch their 2022 challenger, with much expectation around what the Italian outfit might be able to achieve in the upcoming season.

Ferrari become the latest team to launch their 2022 F1 car on Thursday (17 February), and it is likely that their competitors will be watching what happens very closely. Following on from the Scuderia's progression in 2021, the likes of Mercedes and Red Bull have tipped the Italian outfit to possibly be one of the front-runners in the upcoming season. This view has been influenced by the fact that, with huge regulation changes coming into effect for 2022, Ferrari sacrificed most of their 2021 development to switch focus to this year, as well as benefitting from more wind tunnel hours than their main rivals as a result of their poor 2020 campaign.

Ferrari are on Mercedes' radar for 2022

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says that Ferrari are very much "on the radar" for the year ahead. "We absolutely have to [assume] they will be in the mix next year, because they've had more aerodynamic development scope because they had a bad season last year [in 2020]," Wolff told the media, including RacingNews365.com . "They are a great entity, they have all the resources that are needed and, therefore, we absolutely have them on the radar. "Not only Ferrari, there's a few other teams which can do really well next year."

Red Bull hearing "positive noises" from Ferrari

Meanwhile, Red Bull's Christian Horner has stated that the potential threat from the Scuderia should not be ignored. "With such a sweeping regulation change, how teams have adopted these regulations is going to be fascinating to see," Horner told RacingNews365.com . "Ferrari started pretty early by all accounts, and there's been a lot of positive noises coming out of Maranello, so you shouldn't underestimate them, that's for sure." Ferrari will unveil their 2022 challenger, the F1-75, in Maranello, Italy at 14:00 CET. The team have already teased fans by releasing a clip of drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz arriving at their headquarters to see the new car.

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😱🤩… It can only mean one thing 👀 #essereFerrari 🔴 @Charles_Leclerc @Carlossainz55 pic.twitter.com/gTOdIBwJTB — Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) February 16, 2022

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