Ferrari will run a few “small aero updates” at the Russian GP, however, Laurent Mekies admits they won’t do much to impact the Scuderia’s fortunes.
2020 is not shaping up to be a good season for Ferrari.
Down on power and off the pace, the Scuderia has struggled just to score points never mind fight for the podium.
Last time out at Mugello, the team’s 1000th grand prix, celebrations were light on the ground as while both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel scored for only the third time this season, it was more to do with only 12 cars finishing the race.
With 66 points in nine races, the team is languishing down in sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Ferrari, though, is not giving up.
Sporting Director Mekies says the team will bring updates to the Sochi Autodrom with an eye on 2021.
“The first part of the season proved to be very difficult for the Scuderia, as can be seen from the results,” he admitted.
“But it’s not in our nature to give up under any circumstances.
“That’s the spirit in which we approach the Sochi weekend, even if in the short time we’ve been coming here, the track has never been too favourable for us.
“We will do our best, aware that at the moment, we are up against a lot of stiff opposition.
“We will be introducing a few small aero updates on the SF1000, as part of the plan which extends over the next few races to correct as far as possible the weaknesses seen in recent races, particularly with a view to 2021.
“We’re not expecting this small package to make a big change but it will allow us to check its functionality and give us a baseline for future developments.”
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After nine races in 11 weeks, the Formula 1 schedule slows down a bit in the coming weeks with Russia followed a week off before the circus heads to the Nurburgring and then has another week long break.
“In some ways, the Russian Grand Prix marks the start of the second part of the season,” Mekies added.
“The first part was really intense, with nine races in eleven weeks, as the world of Formula 1 took on the complex task of tackling the World Championship during a pandemic.
“I think everyone worked together really well – the FIA, Formula 1, the teams and media – and managed to pull off something that had looked far from obvious just back in May.”