Having already introduced a small aerodynamic update on the SF1000 for the Russian Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari is set to introduce a few more new features on its single-seater at the Eifel Grand Prix scheduled for October 9-11.
Ferrari’s upgrades for the Russian Grand Prix included a revised rear spoiler end plate and changes to the cape under the front nose and new bargeboards.
But Mattia Binotto said these updates introduced on the SF1000 in Russia were simply meant to correlate the data collected on the simulator with that on the track over the weekend, rather than finding ultimate performance.
Binotto said Charles Leclerc's sixth place at the finish of the Russian Grand Prix was more related to track characteristics than to upgrade – and then revealed that there would be more parts related to the performance on cars at the Nürburgring next time.
"I don't think it's due to the upgrades… that's not the reason. These are the characteristics of the track, so let's hope that we have regained some competitiveness which gives the two drivers the opportunity to compete for a better position in the future. " Binotto explained after the Russian Grand Prix.
“We will have a few more improvements at the Nürburgring, but again not major. "
“But for us, I think it's important for our competitiveness. Improvements will focus primarily on the broadcaster for the remainder of the season. "
At the same time, Binotto said he was happy that the team seems to have at least found a good direction in which to develop the SF1000.
“I think there are some bright spots. The first is the result. The second I think is the relative pace in the race, certainly with Charles, it was a bit more difficult for Seb [Vettel was 13th]. "
“But I think compared to the last few races at least we are a little more competitive in the race. "
“We have brought in some new elements, it’s not a big step forward, not enough yet, we are fully aware of that, but it is important to move in the right direction for at least the rest of the season. "
After ten contested races, Scuderia Ferrari is currently in sixth position in the constructors' world championship.