Italian journalist Leo Turrini has revealed that the signs are now “more encouraging” for Ferrari’s 2020 car following recent concerns.
Turrini has contacts within Ferrari, and he had recently reported that the engineers weren’t impressed with what they were seeing early on from their 2020 car in the simulator and the wind tunnel.
But on his latest Quotidiano blog he has now said that the latest signs are “more encouraging” for the Scuderia.
“The indications of the last week are more encouraging,” he wrote.
“So far it’s not all smooth, but as I explained already, there is still time.”
In 2019, Ferrari had no problems when it came to straight-line speed, but that seemed to regularly come at the expense of downforce and therefore better handling through the corners.
And Turrini said Ferrari’s main goal over the summer was to ensure that their 2020 car wasn’t as track specific when it came to performance as last year.
“Apart from the results, the goal is to have a simpler machine which is not exposed to sudden changes in performance depending on the tracks,” he said.
That engine power came into dispute in 2019 though as a series of technical directives coincided with a dip in performance for Ferrari.
But the team remain confident that they are very much in the fight with rivals Mercedes and Honda.
“At Maranello, they are convinced that they have no problem with the performance of the power unit,” Turrini confirmed.
“(Mattia) Binotto is very sure at least that it is not inferior to Mercedes and Honda.”
And perhaps the final major question for this year is whether or not Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel can coexist?
The duo endured a rocky relationship after several high-profile incidents during their first year as team-mates in 2019, but the pair insist their relationship is fine, something which Turrini backed up.
“The relationship between Vettel and Leclerc is less bumpy than could have been feared after the turbulence of 2019,” he said.
Ferrari will launch their 2020 challenger on February 11, making them the first of the 10 teams to reveal.