Scuderia Ferrari will not have any updates at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix as it prepares to heavily overhaul its 2020 Formula 1 car in time for the Hungarian round. The Italian sid had a subdued pre-season campaign in Barcelona in February, with team boss Mattia Binotto playing down its prospects.
The Ferrari boss labelled the Maranello team’s pre-season performance as “six out of 10” and ruled the team out of contention for victory in Australia, before the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ferrari’s opponents are set to bring a substantial raft of updates to Spielberg – which will host two races on successive weekends – but the SF1000 will remain in the same configuration as in February: “The truth is that the outcome of the tests led us to take a significant change of direction in terms of development, especially on the aerodynamic front,” said Binotto on Tuesday. – “First, we had to understand why we did not see the results we had expected on track and how much to recalibrate the whole programme as a result. It would have been counterproductive to continue in the direction we had planned, knowing that we would not have reached our goals. Therefore we decided to come up with a new programme that looked at the whole car, knowing that not all of it would be ready for the first race. Our aim is to introduce the updates at the third race on 19 July at the Hungaroring. Apart from that, over and above the actual development of the car itself, these past few weeks we have worked a lot on analysing its behaviour, with simulation work and with the help of our drivers and I think that will prove its worth in Austria.” – the Ferrari boss explained.