Ferrari have admitted that they are “evaluating new concepts” for their 2019 challenger after a poor start to the season.
With the exception of Bahrain, The Scuderia have been off the pace of their rivals Mercedes who have wrapped up five-straight one-two finishes in as many rounds – an achievement unmatched in Formula 1.
Ferrari went down a different route to Mercedes under the new front wing regulations for this season by prioritising the management of outwash and improving aerodynamic efficiency. Meanwhile, the Silver Arrows went for a high-downforce approach.
Team principal Mattia Binotto admitted after the Spanish Grand Prix that the Scuderia may have got it wrong with their 2019 concept, and in the two-day test which followed at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya the team ran a range of set-ups, concluding that the thinner-gauge Pirelli tyres introduced for 2019 were playing a major role in their inability to get the best out of the SF90.
“Last week’s testing in Barcelona and analyses carried out in Maranello confirmed just how much this year’s tyres, which are very different to those we had in 2018, require different mechanical and aerodynamic settings to work properly,” Binotto said via Motorsport.com.
“We are already working in Maranello on evaluating new concepts, as well as bringing some initial further updates here.”
Ferrari brought major upgrades to Spain which failed to deliver as intended, while further updates are planned for Monaco with practice getting underway on Thursday.
However, on a track that where grid position is usually vital for the race, the team know there is no margin for error.
“It’s a very different sort of race, where the track characteristics that can shake up the order could be jumbled up still further this weekend,” Binotto added.
“As usual, qualifying will be very important because it’s almost impossible to overtake.”