Binotto: Engine modes created 0.6s gap

Date published: March 29 2019

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Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says Ferrari’s domination over Mercedes in free practice for the Bahrain GP was due to differing engine modes.

Charles Leclerc topped FP1 with Vettel in P2, with the gap back to Mercedes standing at seven tenths of a second.

It would be a similar story in FP2, as the Ferraris swapped places to secure another 1-2, with the Silver Arrows 0.6s adrift.

However, while he will take positives from the Friday running, Binotto claims Mercedes were running a different engine mode to his team.

“Today we focused on ourselves and our problems and the modifications we made after Australia, and to react and address the issues that we had,” Binotto told the press in Bahrain.

“The others will be very strong tomorrow, I think it’s quite obvious, you may see the GPS data, the speed on the straight, we were certainly pushing different engine modes compared to what the others were doing today.”

“So I’m expecting a very tough battle tomorrow.

“But I think [what’s] more important is to stay focused on ourselves. We improved our situation after Australia.

“This is quite a different track so let’s say that we do not at least have to date the problem we suffered in Australia thanks, yes, to the track, and also thanks to modifications we made.”

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