Ferrari need multiple upgrades to catch Mercedes

Jamie Woodhouse
Ferrari need multiple upgrades to catch Mercedes warns Mattia Binotto.

Ferrari need multiple upgrades to catch Mercedes warns Mattia Binotto.

Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto believes the team need “two or three upgrades” to get anywhere near Mercedes in 2019.

After Lewis Hamilton’s controversial win in Canada, the Brit now leads the Drivers’ Championship on 162 points, while Sebastian Vettel is all the way back on 100 after just seven races.

Next up is the French Grand Prix, and while Binotto warned “don’t expect a ‘B’ version of our car,” with several upgrades planned over the coming races, he believes that the Scuderia can’t talk about title chances right now.

“The title is not the question I’m asking right now,” he admitted to Auto Motor und Sport.

“It’ll take two or three upgrades before we’re able to challenge Mercedes everywhere.”

After displaying dominant form in pre-season testing, Binotto believes the Maranello team went down the wrong route from there with the SF90’s designs.

“For a straightforward comparison in Barcelona between test and race, we have done worse for one simple reason,” he explained.

“We developed the car in the wrong direction, because we misjudged the weaknesses and limitations of our package.”

“Our vehicle concept does not fit the 2019 tyres,” he added. “The car is not one of the best in terms of maximum downforce.

“Since we lack downforce, we have difficulty warming up the tyres and keeping them in the window where they provide optimal grip.

“The priority is that we recognize the problem correctly and react to it in the best way, so that we can regain our strength as soon as possible.”

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