By Mark Hughes
BBC F1 commentary box producer
For Ferrari, last year’s title near-miss was just the beginning of a new era. After a hugely impressive winter-test programme, they head into 2011 as arguably the title favourites.
Since that agonising Abu Dhabi Grand Prix strategy call, which cost Fernando Alonso the 2010 championship, Ferrari have shored up their technical and strategic capability, been the first to launch their new car, racked up more test mileage than anyone – and generally been among the fastest and most consistent during those tests.
They appear to be in formidable shape as the team’s new era – post-Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn and Jean Todt – reaches full maturity.
In years to come, this generation of Ferrari will probably look back upon 2010 as when the last big piece of the jigsaw slotted into place.