Bahrain Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto says the team are aiming to have rectified the issues that prevented them showing their true competitiveness in Australia.
After looking like the team to beat after pre-season testing, Ferrari were off-colour on the streets of Albert Park in Melbourne for the season opener. Neither car managed to finish on the podium as Mercedes won in dominant fashion, while the Red Bull of Max Verstappen was able to catch and pass Sebastian Vettel to take the final podium place.
Ferrari went home to Maranello and new team boss Mattia Binotto says that Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit will paint a very different picture to what the idiosyncratic Melbourne track did: “The Sakhir circuit has very different characteristics to the Australian one, with traction and braking being key factors.”
“In Bahrain, as a team, we will have to ensure that we have understood and rectified the areas where we were weak in Australia, which therefore meant we were unable to fully exploit our car’s potential.”
“In Bahrain, we expect to see the effect of the corrections we have made, although we are well aware that our competitors will once again be very strong. With that in mind, we are keen to get back on track and face up to them.”