Ferrari is anticipated to get well a “giant half” of its energy deficit in Method 1 this yr, reckons Alfa Romeo staff principal Fred Vasseur.
After a troublesome 2020 marketing campaign the place the type of Ferrari and buyer groups Alfa Romeo and Haas was hit by a drop in engine efficiency, the Italian producer has been working arduous over the winter to enhance issues.
It’s set to introduce an all-new energy unit for this season which it believes will transfer it away from being the worst engine on the grid – though it doesn’t suppose it will likely be able to overtake Mercedes.
Talking at the launch of Alfa Romeo’s 2021 car on Monday, Alfa Romeo chief Fred Vasseur expressed some optimism concerning the progress Ferrari had made following current discussions he is had with the staff.
“The collaboration with Ferrari is I feel going very effectively,” he stated. “We had a robust assembly, an extended assembly over the winter to cowl the factors of final yr, when maybe we did not do the right job.
“We’re on a very good path. I feel that on their facet, they may get well most likely a big a part of the problem that we had final yr, and collaboration is getting higher and higher.
“We can’t be taking a few of their automobile, maybe one or two parts, however not far more. However I feel it isn’t the important thing level of the collaboration.
“The important thing level of the collaboration is to be satisfied that we are able to be taught from one another. Within the scope of the rules, we’ve to play with this, and we’ve to do the perfect job that we are able to do.”
Alfa Romeo is heading in to 2021 with an unchanged driver line-up of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, because the outfit eyes making some progress up the order after ending eighth general final yr.
Vasseur added: “I feel the philosophy upon which the staff relies stays the identical – we’ve to do a greater job tomorrow than we’re doing right now.
“We completed final season in P8, so we’ve to focus on a greater lead to 2021. To take action, we’ve to maintain enhancing in every division, trackside and again at HQ.”