Binotto delighted with ‘extreme’ SF90

Date published: February 15 2019

Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto says the team have gone as “extreme” as possible with their 2019 car the SF90.

The Scuderia unveiled their 2019 challenger this morning, becoming the last of the top three teams to launch ahead of the 2019 season.

Binotto took over as principal from Maurizio Arrivabene after being promoted from his technical director role, and will be tasked with ending Mercedes’ dominance, with Ferrari falling away from the title fight in consecutive years.

Speaking at the launch Binotto said: “I’m very excited but so proud of leading such a strong team who will never end the dream of Enzo Ferrari, that is the reason why we are all here today.

“Being Ferrari is something unique. Ferrari means: passion, determination, integrity, courage, competition, excellence.

“It is about tradition, we have been here for 90 years and we are so proud – we have a duty to ensure this tradition still lives today. This is what our founder wanted.”

Binotto analysed the SF90, claiming it wasn’t a total re-think, but that the team had pushed the boundaries wherever possible.

“In 2018 we made really good achievements, that car is special,” he explained.

“From that car this one is not a revolution, we just tried to push again, to raise the bar, and be as extreme as we could.

“There are a few changes which are straight forward, such as the front and rear wings which are for the regulations that have changed this year.

“But I think if you look at all the details we have really tried to push very hard.

“The roll hoop is very narrow and slim. Also if you look at the bodywork from the back it’s very slim.

“That is thanks to the entire job which you cannot see because it is below, but I’m talking about the engine, installation and packaging.

“A lot of effort has been made and this is the final result. We really like it.”

Binotto will keep a watchful eye over Ferrari’s new driver line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, a duo he believes are a “principal’s dream”.

“I think it is the dream of a team principal,” Binotto said.

“They [Vettel and Leclerc] are the best drivers in Formula 1.”

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