Ferrari should recover a “large part” of its power deficit in Formula 1 this year, believes Fred Vasseur, director of the Alfa Romeo team.
After a difficult 2020 campaign where the form of the Ferrari teams and Alfa Romeo and Haas customers were affected by a decline in engine performance, the Italian manufacturer has worked hard through the winter to improve matters.
He’s set to introduce a whole new power unit for this season which he says takes him away from the worst engine on the grid – although he doesn’t think he’ll be able to overhaul Mercedes.
Speaking at the launch of Alfa Romeo’s 2021 car on Monday, Alfa Romeo chief Fred Vasseur expressed some optimism about the progress Ferrari has made following recent discussions he has had with the ‘team.
“I think the collaboration with Ferrari is going very well,” he said. “We had a solid meeting, a long meeting over the winter to cover points from last year, when we maybe didn’t do the perfect job.
“We’re on the right track. I think on their side they’re probably going to recover a lot of the problem that we had last year, and the collaboration is getting better and better.
“We won’t take part of their car, maybe one or two pieces, but not much more. But I think that’s not the key point of the collaboration.
“The key point of working together is to be convinced that we can learn from each other. Within the framework of regulation, we have to play with that, and we have to do the best job that we can do.”
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Alfa Romeo heads to 2021 with an unchanged driver roster consisting of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, as the team plans to progress in order after finishing eighth overall last year.
Vasseur added: “I think the philosophy the team is based on remains the same – we have to do a better job tomorrow than what we are doing today.
“We finished last season in P8, so we need to aim for a better result in 2021. To do that, we need to keep improving in every department, airside and back to headquarters.”