Mercedes’ sandbagging claims wrong, say Ferrari

Mark Scott
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Ferrari boss, Mattia Binotto, has said Mercedes are wrong to suggest that the Scuderia have been sandbagging in pre-season testing.

The Silver Arrows concluded after the first test that Ferrari had put the heavy sandbags on their SF1000 as they remained well clear of the top of the timesheet in Barcelona.

But Binotto has said that Mercedes have come to the wrong conclusion following their post-test investigations.

“Mercedes seems to be very much aware of what we are doing, but it’s not correct,” Binotto said when asked by about Mercedes’ claims of sandbagging.

“We believe that we are not the fastest car at the moment, so I think on lap time we will be behind [at] the start of the season.

“What are we lacking? The car of this season compared to the one of last season is overall faster, but we are faster in the corners, slower on the straights.

“This was as well an objective in designing that car. We knew last year that we were too slow in the corners, so we tried to put as much downforce as we could on the car to [make it] as fast as possible in the corners.

“But now we are paying [for it] on the straights.

“I think still in terms of overall balance, set-up, slow-speed corners, it’s something where we need to improve. But that’s part of the job and the task for this week.”

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