The start of the F1 2020 season this weekend in Austria will be an opportunity for a good number of teams to make more or less major modifications to their car, compared to the car placed on the track during the tests. winter events in Barcelona last February.
Renault or Mercedes for the teams, and Honda on the engine side, have all already announced a burst of evolution, something that the Scuderia ferrari.
The Maranello team opted to modify its SF1000 only from the Hungarian Grand Prix (July 19), thus leaving Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel with a single-seater in “Barcelona” configuration for the first two races of the year, both contested on the Red Bull Ring.
"This does not mean that we turned our thumbs during the short time, only five and a half weeks, during which we were able to work on the cars, because of the rigorous procedures for managing the pandemic as well as facing the '' complete cessation of activities required by the FIA in agreement with the teams, explains Mattia Binotto, Ferrari Sport Management Manager.
The truth is that the test results led us to take a significant turn in terms of development, especially on the aerodynamic component. First of all, we had to understand why we didn't see the results we expected on track and how to recalibrate the whole program accordingly.
It would have been counterproductive to continue in the planned direction, knowing that we would not have achieved our objectives. Therefore, we decided to offer a new program that reviewed the entire car, knowing that everything would not be ready for the first race.
Our goal is to present the updates during the third race on July 19 at the Hungaroring. Apart from that, beyond the development of the car itself in recent weeks, we have worked a lot on the analysis of its behavior, with simulation work and with the help of our drivers and I think that will prove itself in Austria. "
Mattia Binotto wants to be very careful about the position of Scuderia Ferrari in the hierarchy expected in the top 3 before the Austrian kick-off. "We know that at the moment we don't have the fastest package, confesses the Italian official. We knew this before we went to Melbourne and that hasn't changed.
That said, the Spielberg circuit has different characteristics from Montmelo and the temperatures will be much higher than in February. In Austria, we have to try to make the most of every opportunity, then in Hungary, with the new stage of development we are working on, we will be able to see where we really are compared to the others, while taking into account the developments that our competitors themselves will have brought. "
Ferrari had shown its advantage last year in Austria, Charles Leclerc playing until the last moments of the race the victory against Max Verstappen (Red Bull). Note that the SF1000 will display the hashtag #ForzaAlex this weekend in support of Alessandro Zanardi, still hospitalized in serious condition in Italy after his accident on June 19.