Piloted by Scuderia Ferrari’s youngest driver line-up since 1968, the SF21 was Ferrari’s competitor for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season. In the hands of Monegasque racer Charles Leclerc and Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who between them averaged just 25 years and 3 days old at the first race of the season, the SF21 earned almost two and a half times as many points as the team scored in 2020. The 67th single seater to originate from Maranello, the SF21 was a direct evolution of the previous year’s SF1000 chassis, as dictated by the new regulations after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted teams to agree to a series of cost-reducing measures in 2020, including a postponement of the new regulations until 2022 and a majority freeze of the current rules, thus limiting the opportunities for change in many areas.
The SF21 was a strong performer as Ferrari looked to bounce back after a hugely disappointing 2020 season. Sainz claimed an impressive four podiums throughout his debut season with the Scuderia, taking second position at the Monaco Grand Prix and third in Hungary, Russia and Abu Dhabi. Leclerc was the closest of the duo to winning a race in 2021, being overtaken by a charging Lewis Hamilton just two laps from the end of the British Grand Prix, instead earning his sole podium of the year. Despite close rivals McLaren’s strong performances, the cool consistency of the SF21 and its driver duo saw Ferrari finish nigh on 50 points above the British team to convincingly take third in the Constructors’ Championship. Overall, the Ferrari SF21 earned five podiums, two fastest laps and scored 323.5 points, achieving third place in the Constructors’ Championship. Sainz and Leclerc recorded 164.5 and 159 points, earning fifth and seventh places in the Drivers’ Championships respectively.