Mattia Binotto claims Ferrari’s dreadful Italian Grand Prix weekend, which marked yet another new low for 2020, still does not represent a crisis.
In a season that is going from bad to worse, Sebastian Vettel was knocked out in Q1 at Monza and then suffered a brake failure early in the race that caused his retirement.
Then Charles Leclerc, battling with a car that was handling poorly, crashed heavily at the Parabolica, prompting the race to be stopped while the tyre barrier was repaired.
Having said the Scuderia were in merely a “storm” rather than a crisis after Spa, team principal Binotto insisted nothing had changed heading into the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello which is also Ferrari’s 1,000th F1 race as a team.
“I think we were not in a crisis last time and I can confirm that is not the case,” said Binotto, quoted by Autosport.
“I can conclude it was a bad conclusion to a difficult race, especially when you have reliability issues [such] as the ones Seb has. That is the worst conclusion to a difficult weekend.
“But it is more important that we look forward and consider these lessons learned for the future, and that the team can become stronger.”
Ferrari have struggled for straight-line speed after a technical directive issued by the FIA looking to clamp down on engine rules was issued over the winter.
It meant the power-sensitive circuits at Spa and Monza were always expected to be difficult for the Italian giants, giving Binotto hope that the forthcoming races will offer better results.
“We knew Spa and Monza would be difficult for us, they would be the worst ones,” said Binotto.
“Hopefully the next one can be a bit better. But in the end, I think the performance of the current car is certainly not what we would like.
“But again, I think it is more important for us to make sure that looking ahead and progressing with car developments.”
Mugello offers different track characteristics to both Spa and Monza.
“We’ve another opportunity and it is an important race for us, the 1000th grand prix,” said Binotto.
“It’s a different type of circuit compared to Spa and Monza, so I think it will be important for us to understand our level of competitiveness at such a circuit.”