‘Quick solution once SF90’s issue is understood’

Date published: May 17 2019

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Mattia Binotto is confident Ferrari can “quickly” solve their SF90’s issues, but first they have to figure out exactly what they are.

Ferrari suffered their fifth successive defeat to Mercedes at last Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

While Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas romped to a fifth 1-2 for the season, Max Verstappen joined them on the podium with Sebastian Vettel languishing in fourth place.

The result means Ferrari are almost 100 points off the pace in the battle for this year’s Constructors’ Championship.

The Scuderia have conceded that all is not right with their SF90, however, what they remain unsure about what exactly needs to be done to solve the problems.

Team boss Binotto told Autosport: “The limitations that we got [in Spain] were present already in the first races of the season.

“I think the entire weekend certainly emphasised it, and [the weaknesses] were straightforward and obvious.

“How long it will take [to solve] is difficult to answer. I think more important for us is to understand how to address them.

“Then I am pretty sure we can do it quickly.”

Like many of their rivals, Ferrari have also struggled to get the revised Pirellis to work.

Track temperature has all too often been a decisive factor in whether or not Ferrari can get the most out of the rubber.

Binotto added: “The tyres are difficult to manage, that is true.

“Tyres are a significant key performance factor of the car and so management and optimisation is key for the overall performance of the car itself.

“The tyres this year are behaving differently compared to last year.

“I have to say that from the Pirelli point of view they achieved their targets, the tyres are not blistering which was, certainly from the safety reason, good.

“But understanding and addressing and optimising the performance is part of our job and if I may say, certainly it is not obvious, not straightforward, not an easy task.

“This weekend we had various situations. The track temperature was quite different from Saturday morning to the afternoon to today, and that is part of the data that we need to analyse over the weekend to understand our car behaviour.”

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