Scuderia Ferrari ended the first part of the 2017 Formula One season in style, as the Maranello team finished first and second at the Hungarian Grand Prix, which was held at the Hungaroring track and was the last race before the usual August summer break. Ferrari seemed to fall behind its rival given the results of the previous four races, but the Scuderia had a perfect reply in Hungary and scored a one-two finish which brings the Italian team closer to Mercedes in the Formula 1 Constructor Standings, ahead of the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.
Scuderia Ferrari Chief Technical Officer Mattia Binotto comments on the impressive outcome of the race in Mogyorod and is of course delighted with the team’s performance at the Hungaroring: “Firstly I want to congratulate the team for what we achieved, it has been a team effort, from the guys at the track to the guys back home at Maranello. This track heightened the strengths of the SF70H car and gave us the opportunity to finally show the true potential of our car, after several races during which things did not go well for us. But our main target is to be competitive on any kind of track and now we will try to take advantage of the summer break in order to further improve and be fully prepared for the second part of the season.” – Mattia Binotto explained.
Ferrari’s Chief Technical Officer was also asked to comment on the worrying situation regarding the power unit elements used so far. Ahead of last weekend’s 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel was on his 4th Turbocharger and 3rd ICE, MGU-H and Control Electronics, while teammate Kimi Raikkonen was on the same number of components albeit having used one less Control Electronics. Over the course of the weekend both took on new MGU-Ks and Energy Stores, bringing them both up to 3 of each. For some time it has been predicted that the rate at which Scuderia Ferrari was getting through its components, especially in the early stages of the season, the team would soon start to suffer as the drivers incurred grid penalties for exceeding the permitted allocation, a situation which would make Sebastian Vettel’s task of fighting for the Formula 1 world championship a loot more difficult as the season progressed. However, Ferrari’s Chief Technical Officer is confident the Maranello team will be able to minimize the risk of such penalties:
“Certainly it is somehow a concern in the fact that we had failure on the turbo at the start of the season and we had to replace them at the very start and you introduce very early in the season turbo number three and turbo number four. Having said that, we introduced as well in the following turbos some modifications for reliability. They are running well at the moment. So we’ve got all the pool at the moment that have been introduced but we’ve got all the mileage available on each turbo, so we are rotating them and, obviously it’s our objective to conclude the season with the current pool of turbos.” – Mattia Binotto concluded.