The stark reality of Ferrari

Nurburgring once again exposed the weaknesses of the SF1000. Leclerc was on average almost two and a half seconds slower than Hamilton.


"The important thing is that the best ones we introduce are going in the right direction, especially looking towards 2021." This was the first analysis carried out by Mattia Binotto of the Efiel GP 2020, a test where despite Charles Leclerc once again saved the Prancing Horse's furniture thanks to his seventh position, the SF1000 confirmed that the Maranello technicians, in addition to improving power unit, they should make progress in tire management.

During the entire Nurburgring event, Leclerc suffered serious problems reaching the temperature window of the tires, a setback that forced the young man from Monaco to significantly reduce his speed and even change the strategy initially designed by the department led by Iñaki Rueda.

These inconveniences reached such a point that the car number 16 was, on average, two and a half seconds slower than Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes in the 44 laps that both drivers completed at the track located in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate before it appeared. the Safety Car to remove Lando Norris's damaged McLaren. A disadvantage that in the case of Sebastian Vettel increased to almost three seconds.

Despite this deficit and that northern Italy has relied on the 2022 regulatory change for some time, Binotto confirmed in Germany that Leclerc and Vettel will continue to test new parts in Portimao. All to try to fix the disaster of 2020 next season, an edition where Carlos Sainz already knows that he will drive a car that, in addition to a new engine, will have important modifications in its rear part.

"It will be allowed to spend what we call two tokens for chassis modifications. That is, to intervene in two critical areas of the car to improve it. Maybe you want to position the radiators differently, change the wheelbase and distribute the weights or you could spend a development token in the brakes to renew them and another token in the nose to do it differently. Right now we are deciding where to intervene to improve the current project. We are looking to redesign the rear of the car. We are going to redesign that area because we think it is a promising area to increase the margin of performance ", has corroborated Simone Resta, responsible for the design of the chassis, in 'Autosprint'.

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