Ferrari taking ‘small upgrades’ to Russian GP

Date published: September 17 2020

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Mattia Binotto has confirmed that Ferrari will take minor upgrades to the Russian Grand Prix, and doesn’t expect them to have a big impact.

The Italian team will desperate for the car to be more competitive there after three races in which they only picked up a total of four points.

However, team principal Binotto isn’t optimistic. While some upgrades are being introduced, he expects the current situation to largely stay the same.

“There will be small upgrades, but this will not change the big picture,” he said to Autosport.com.

“I think we are at the moment out of pace in the race, and we are somehow wearing too much the tyres. The upgrades will not be the ones that address it.

“I think on our side we need to review the projects, with the view of 2021. I think it will take some more time to do it.”

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While work is being done at the team for the 2021 season, with stable regulations, Binotto stated after the Tuscan Grand Prix that delivering a strong car for the 2022 season is the most important thing for the team.

“I’ve got the commitment, the trust and the support of my top management, which is great,” he said.

“Even more, I think we’ve got the support of the entire team, and I think that as well is important, and having an entire team supporting the values, the vision and objectives is key.

“How long will it take us to get back? Obviously now we are in a difficult situation at the moment because of the regulations. A lot of components are frozen, [we are] limited in the activities we may do in the wind tunnel or simulations.

“So I think 2020 is certainly very difficult, 2021 I hope we can do better than what we are doing today. But I think 2022 will be our most important opportunity.”

Ferrari is currently P6 in the Constructors’ Championship, a whopping 259 points behind Mercedes. With AlphaTauri just 13 points behind, the Scuderia may drop down even further before the end of the season.

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