Current chief technical director of Scuderia Ferrari, Mattia Binotto, acknowledges the fact that the Maranello team was not able to challenge Mercedes for the win in the 2017 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, despite the fact that Ferrari brought an upgraded engine which should have reduced the gap to Mercedes especially in the qualifying session:
“This weekend’s result is disappointing, not only due to the tyre issue which led to us losing a second and a fourth place, but mainly because we were not up there right next to Mercedes in order to put pressure on them. We are well aware of the fact that success is built on securing a good result in qualifying and this is one of the main area of focus for the team.” – Mattia Binotto said, as reported by the Italian media this week – “Upcoming developments will be very important and we are already focused on the race in Hungary, which will be very different given the track specifications and the hot temperatures that are usually encountered at Budapest. We lost many points at Silverstone, but the team is working hard and we look ahead with confidence, one step at a time.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s chief technical director concluded.
With just one race to go before the summer break, the Maranello team will need a positive result at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, scheduled to be held on 30 July 2017 at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod, in order to reduce the 55-point advantage which Mercedes currently has in the Formula 1 Constructor Standings after the first ten rounds of the 2017 F1 championship.