Scuderia Ferrari Chief Technical Officer Mattia Binotto says that there is no trend in the ongoing battle between Mercedes and the Maranello team, adding that he believes the favourites for a Grand Prix weekend changes from race to race, depending on the track characteristics, which may may better suit the SF70H car or Mercedes’ F1 W07 Hybrid. For the moment Scuderia Ferrari lies 39 points behind Mercedes in the Formula 1 Constructor Standings, ahead of the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix, which will be held on 27 August 2017 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot.
Scuderia Ferrari started the season strongly, winning two of the opening three races, which brought a lot of enthusiasm to the Maranello team. However, after the Monaco Grand Prix, it appeared the Scuderia fell behind its rival after Mercedes took the championship lead at the Canadian Grand Prix:
“I think each race is different to the others. There were races at the start of the season where we were competitive and others where Mercedes has been more competitive. So I don’t think there is a clear trend in the competitiveness of the two teams.” – Scuderia Ferrari Chief Technical Officer Mattia Binotto explained, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport on Tuesday.
Much talk has been made of the ongoing development race in Formula One, with current world champion Nico Rosberg this week claiming that how much the two teams grow their cars right down to the final round in Abu Dhabi will be crucial. And Mattia Binotto now seems to agree with the German: “Certainly the development will be very important and this has has to be done race by race. There are still many races to go, we are at just half of the season and I do not see any reasons why the trend needs to be for one (team) or the other. We will take each race at a time, bring new things depending on the track characteristics and of course always try to get the maximum out of each situation to be able to successfully challenge Mercedes up until the very end.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s Chief Technical Officer Mattia Binotto concluded, as reported by the Italian media.