Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is optimistic about his team's improved performance at the Nürburgring because it is "not the most demanding circuit in terms of power".
In what can only be described as a season in hell, Ferrari's downfall is heavily tied to the 2020 engine, which had to comply with FIA technical guidelines after (very strong) suspicions of cheating in 2019.
Binotto is convinced that the characteristics of the Nürburgring circuit will suit the SF1000 a little better.
"It's not the most demanding circuit for power, performance is less linked to it than elsewhere. Power and traction will be less critical there. I think the weather can be very variable, it is very late in the season. We'll see. "
The Italian is right: it is almost freezing temperatures that are expected in the Eifel massif, which will give its name to this unique Grand Prix but on a circuit that F1 has quite recently used as part of the alternation for the German GP with Hockenheim.
"Maybe if there is wet or mixed conditions it can change things up a bit, and where we are, it will probably help us. I can't wait to go anyway," Sebastian Vettel adds.
Charles Leclerc echoed Vettel and spoke of his joy at returning to this circuit for the first time since racing as a very young driver.
“I love the track. The last time I was there was in Formula Renault, quite a while ago. But I really enjoyed driving on this track. I don't have a big one. experience but I can't wait to be there and I think anything can happen because the weather and the temperatures are a big key to this weekend. "