Scuderia Ferrari now has “clarity” regarding the development of its Formula 1 car after some “confusion” with upgraded aerodynamic parts that have not performed as expected. The Italian team has been shifting its aero focus after a poor start to the season compared to dominant championship leader Mercedes, and introduced several revisions at the French Grand Prix that were billed as important for its development direction.
However, the new floor was removed after Friday practice and Ferrari admitted that it had not produced the results expected. The Italian side conducted further analysis in Austria and ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, its lead driver Sebastian Vettel believes the team has cleared the situation up.
“I think we learned a lot after the confusion, or some bits that maybe didn’t turn out to work the way we wanted to during the French Grand Prix,” said Sebastian Vettel – “Austria brought some clarity and I think we have a clear picture of what was wrong in terms of tuning and what needs to be changed. Obviously the next couple of weeks will tell where we go. Unfortunately I think it’s pretty normal that all the bits you bring don’t always bring you what you expect.” – he added.
For the third race in a row, Ferrari will once again introduce a smaller package of new aerodynamic parts at this weekend’s British Grand Prix. Team principal Mattia Binotto confirmed that the team does not only want to increase the outright performance of the SF90, but it also wants to validate the success of recent development work.
“We are bringing a further small aerodynamic modification as we continue to push hard on the development of our car. The weekend will also be an opportunity to increase our understanding of the recent work we did, which has seen us close the gap to our competitors on specific types of track,” the Swiss-Italian said.
As reported by AMuS earlier today, Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto also revealed that the next major aero upgrade (aero step) will come at the Hungarian Grand Prix, which will take place in August, ahead of the summer break.