French Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto says the SF90 will be running with further improvements in France, as the team try to resolve their handling problems.
While Ferrari have been quick down straights throughout this year, the majority of their time deficit to Mercedes is lost through slow and medium speed corners. Paul Ricard, while a fast circuit, does consist of quite a few medium speed corners, particularly in the first and third sector.
Having almost won the last race in Canada (a result that is still not 100% confirmed as Ferrari aim to seek review from the FIA), Ferrari are coming to Paul Ricard with a steely determination to try redressing the balance as they try to win their first race of the year.
Team boss Mattia Binotto has confirmed that there are further changes being made to the car as they try to resolve problems, largely believed to be in the area of correlation between the wind tunnel and the real car: “Following Canada we definitely want to get back on track and go racing with our rivals once again. In France we will have a few small evolutions, elements that represent for us a useful step in defining the direction we will take in developing the car.”
Binotto stressed that the changes won’t be a magic patch, but that it’s another step closer to unlocking the ultimate potential of what, on paper, does appear to be a strong racecar: “What we will be bringing won’t be the solution to our problems, but the technical feedback we get from these evolutions will be important for the next steps we take.”
“Paul Ricard has been a tricky circuit for us last year and we know that this kind of track isn’t particularly favourable for our package, but nothing is impossible so we will be ready to do our best.”