Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff believes Ferrari will be in the fight for the World Championship next year when Formula 1 introduces a new set of technical regulations.
Ferrari have halved their deficit to the front of the field from last year, after they finished sixth in the Constructors' Standings in their worst season since 1980. Charles Leclerc has also taken two pole positions for the team at the Monaco and Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
"I assume that Ferrari can fight for the world title in 2022," Wolff told Speedweek. "We need a championship next season with ideally four or five winning teams, and Ferrari has to be one of those teams.
"Ferrari has a strong driver duo. They have recovered from the weak 2020 season and gained significantly. Hopefully they will be at the front in 2022 against Red Bull McLaren, us, Aston Martin and whoever. The more teams, the more interesting for the fans."
The Italian team have also confirmed they will bring more power unit updates which should bring them closer to Red Bull and Mercedes in the second half of the season. Wolff thinks a poor Ferrari is never for Formula 1.
"[When] Ferrari are in crisis, that's bad for the whole of Formula 1," said Wolff. "Ferrari is an icon among the brands, and they should be at the front. No one from Ferrari or the fans deserves such a result."
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