Ferrari are reportedly set to add their first upgrades to the F1-75 when the European season gets underway at Imola later in April.
The Scuderia have been battling with Red Bull at the front of the field early on in the year, but the steep development curve expected among the teams is likely to see a raft of upgrades being brought to the cars when Formula 1 returns to Europe, and Ferrari are no different, according to the Italian edition of Motorsport.com.
The report also claims that the team are said to be satisfied with the car’s current performance heading into the weekend’s action in Melbourne, with the revised faster layout thought to play to the strengths of the F1-75 and allowing them to maintain the competitiveness they showed in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, according to the results of their simulations.
G’day mates 👋
A lot has changed since #F1 last raced in Melbourne, including a new track layout 😯
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) April 6, 2022
Shaving weight off the cars is said to be one of the main priorities for most of the teams, with Alfa Romeo thought to be the only team to have designed a car that can get close to Formula 1’s new minimum weight.
Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has confirmed the team are looking at losing some of the dead weight on the RB18 – which could be as much as a whopping eight kilograms – once the sport arrives at Imola in a fortnight.
Team principal Mattia Binotto believes Ferrari are in a better position to fight for the titles this season, after their challenges faded away towards the end of 2017 and 2018 respectively.
He also spoke of the job his team have done in building a competitive car, but urged caution in seeing who has the fastest car, with their rivals expected to make rapid improvements in the early rounds.
Binotto recently told Bild: “We might have put more focus on 2022, but we all started at the same point and just did a good job. I don’t think we have an advantage over the others. Who has it will only be seen after the first five races.”
Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz currently make up the top two in the Drivers’ standings at this early point in the season.
Ferrari planning Imola/ Barcelona upgrades
Ferrari are planning on bringing upgrades for the F1-75 car for the start of the European stretch of the season at Imola.