Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has said a lot more work can be done on Sebastian Vettel’s car even if the room for overall improvement is marginal.
Vettel cut a very dejected figure following a miserable British Grand Prix in where an issue-plagued practice and qualifying led to a start P10, finish P10 race at Silverstone.
Meanwhile, Mercedes’ sudden tyre troubles allowed Charles Leclerc to sneak on to the podium for a second time in this revised 2020 season and the Monegasque driver also displayed encouraging pace in qualifying, finishing well within a tenth of Max Verstappen in P3.
Vettel, though, said that something “doesn’t stack up” given the seismic gap in performance levels between the two drivers at Silverstone.
Binotto has vowed to help the four-time World Champion who will be leaving the Scuderia at the end of the 2020 campaign.
When asked if Ferrari can find improvement with two races in such close succession at Silverstone, he said: “It can be done, very little things, but on Seb’s car we can do a lot more.
“He lost some track time on Friday which didn’t help. He was never confident with the car. There is a lot of data to look at and try to address it.”
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A Ferrari staff reshuffle and a declaration from the Scuderia chairman John Elkann that the team won’t be winning again in 2022 means the Formula 1 giants are very much in rebuild mode at the moment.
But Binotto is not completely writing off the next two years as they continue in their search for success.
Binotto added: “We just changed our technical organisation recently back in Maranello. We had to reorganise that.
I am not doing the technical director role anymore. We need to have people that are fully responsible of the various areas. I think we got it.
“There are many tasks managing an entire company, there is no time to do everything.
“If you look back in the past, if you look at the history of F1, each time there was a winning circle for some teams, it was always when there was a big regulation change.
“It has been the case for us, Red Bull and Mercedes. 2022 is a big important opportunity for us.
“That doesn’t mean that from now to 2022 we won’t challenge our rivals, we try to do our best, try to progress our car but we are aware that the gap is significant and this time is very limited.
“Today [Sunday] we got a podium and there can be great races in the future.”