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The core faults Ferrari must fix in 2021

From challenging Mercedes for world titles, Ferrari abruptly reverted to the kind of shambles not seen since the early 1990s over the course of a disastrous 2020 campaign. Putting the Scuderia back on track won't be the work of a moment, says ROBERTO CHINCHERO

To understand why Ferrari flunked the 2020 Formula 1 season so comprehensively, and why the road back is so challenging, we need to go back a year. To 28 February 2020, in fact, and a bombshell the sport's governing body lodged in the stakeholders' inboxes roughly five minutes before the chequered flag on the final day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

The statement read: "The FIA announces that, after thorough technical investigations, it has concluded its analysis of the operation of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 power unit and reached a settlement with the team. The specifics of the agreement will remain between the parties. The FIA and Scuderia Ferrari have agreed to a number of technical commitments that will improve the monitoring of all Formula 1 power units for forthcoming championship seasons."

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