Why the jury's still out on Ferrari's updates - and may be for some time
Ferrari placed much hope on its aerodynamic upgrades improving its form in Hungary, but while both cars made Q3 for the first time in 2020, judgement on their efficiency will be reserved as its greater struggles in the power department remain
The most salient facts about Ferrari's season so far make for sobering reading - at least, if you're a Maranello employee. After three races, Ferrari currently sits fifth in the constructors' standings, with 27 points to its name and a quarter of Mercedes' current haul.
Despite Charles Leclerc scoring a surprise second place in the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix, Ferrari decided to fast-track its planned Hungarian GP update package in time for the Styrian Grand Prix - but thanks to Leclerc's over-eagerness into Turn 3 on the opening lap, neither he nor Sebastian Vettel could gather a race's worth of data on them.
The 2020 Formula 1 season was Ferrari's worst for 40 years as it slumped to sixth in the standings. A repeat performance will not be acceptable for the proud Italian team, which has adopted a notably pragmatic approach to forging its path back to the top
In the most eagerly anticipated Formula 1 team launch of the season, the rebranded Aston Martin squad’s changes go much further than the striking paint job. But rather than a restart, the team hopes to build on top of solid foundations.
The team formerly known as Racing Point gambled successfully on a Mercedes look-alike in 2020 as it mounted a strong challenge for third in the constructors' race and won the Sakhir GP. Now clothed in British racing green, Aston Martin's first Formula 1 challenger since 1960 provides the clearest indicator yet of what to expect from the new-for-2021 regulations
A new name, new faces and new colours pulls the rebranded Alpine Formula 1 team into a new era while carrying over core elements of its 2020 car. But under the surface there's more than meets the eye with the A521 which hints at how the team will tackle 2021
Ferrari is starting its post-Sebastian Vettel age by welcoming Carlos Sainz Jr in alongside Charles Leclerc. But while Sainz has a tough challenge to match his new team-mate, Ferrari is also sending a message that previous intra-team spats must end
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