Ferrari’s new team boss Mattia Binotto says his team are going into the Melbourne weekend with the intention of ‘causing problems’ for other strong teams.
Ferrari are expected to be at the sharpest end of the grid this weekend, having looked consistently fast throughout testing. While reliability may be of some concern after a troubled second week in Barcelona, the Scuderia are the favourites for pole position and race victory this weekend.
Speaking ahead of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Mattia Binotto, who replaced Maurizio Arrivabene as Team Principal over the winter, says the team are going in strong but know their challengers will be formidable:
“After the winter tests, the whole team wants to get out on track to compete with opponents who we know are very, very strong.”
“We are heading into the first of a long series of stages, and our task is to try to cause problems to rivals who proved stronger last year. It will be a demanding season. It is important to start well, aware that we have 21 rounds of equal importance ahead of us.”
This year also marks the 90th anniversary of the first Scuderia Ferrari team, with the anniversary date in mid-November. As a result, Binotto is relishing the thoughts of what’s to unfold over the coming months: “The race that marks the start of the season is always significant, and this year even more so because Scuderia Ferrari is celebrating its 90th birthday in 2019. We are very happy to have a couple of extraordinary drivers like Sebastian and Charles. The championship ends in December so every point can be valuable”.