In a Ferrari summit that was held in Maranello the guidelines of the future were drawn, as Mattia Binotto was backed by the Ferrari bosses. At the same time, an extra budget for the SF90 aero developments has been confirmed.
Which Ferrari should we expect for the Monaco GP? We have now arrived at the end of May and the Scuderia has to start the study of the 671, next year’s single-seater which for now will have only one project signature. We have not yet understood whether the SF90 will be able to become a winner and the time has come to lay the foundations for the Red of the future.
It will be a car that will derive from this or the Cavallino technicians will take another road in an attempt to mend the gap from the Mercedes that meanwhile has slipped five doublets in a row, giving the clear sign that Ferrari is facing the silver arrow stronger than ever?
In Maranello last Friday there was a summit meeting in which the president, John Elkann, and the CEO, Louis Camilleri, defined the next steps with the the Italian side’s team principal, Mattia Binotto. The Swiss-born engineer from Reggio Emilia reported to his leaders with the data that emerged from the Barcelona tests after the two days of testing that followed the disappointing Spanish GP dominated by the silver arrows. The SF90 is a single-seater with little aerodynamic downforce and with great efficiency, so it manages to achieve maximum unreachable speeds for everyone, but then looses time in the the slow corners (eight tenths of a second only in the last sector of the Montmelò circuit).
In addition to this problem, a front suspension of too traditional design has to be addressed by the Maranello team, while Mercedes and Red Bull (but not only) have decided to go with more extreme and innovative solution: this allows them to put the Pirelli tires in the right window of operation, while Ferrari’s SF90 does not allow Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc to fight for victory on slow, twisty circuits like Monte Carlo.
To deal with the suspension, the front end of the SF90 should be redone and in this delicate phase of the season it is better to dedicate the resources to aerodynamics. In the meeting, therefore, an extra-budget for the relaunch of the Ferrari has been approved, while in parallel the design of the 2020 machine will begin.