Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has reiterated that nothing has changed for his team after an underwhelming showing in preseason testing, with his sights still firmly set on competing for the 2020 Formula 1 world championship.
Speaking to reporters after testing finished last week at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Italian suggested that while the new SF1000 needs improvement, he doesn’t see cause to start curtailing development as of yet.
“The overall performance needs to be improved,” he admitted. “The power unit, even set-up. I don’t think there is a single area where we need to focus but all the areas.
“The rear wing introduced in the second week is a wing with a bit less downforce and less drag. The one we brought on the first week had maximum downforce. The parts we got on the car are at least working as expected.
“We are where we thought we’d be. We knew we had put a lot of drag on, we knew the power unit performance, so that is the speed we were expecting. The others are a lot faster on the straights, that is the situation.”
Asked how he will decided when to switch focus to the 2021 car and the new set of aerodynamic regulations, Binotto indicated that he will know after the opening races.
“It’s a compromise that we need to find out,” he said. “We are very early in the season, and you cannot compromise the entire season itself, so at the start we certainly keep pushing on 2020 as much as we can, because [there is] time for us to understand the car and the weaknesses. Hopefully, it is things that we can address as soon as possible.
“If I see after a few races, and we will still understand that the gap is too big, then maybe it’s a considerations that we can take into account,” he added. “But it’s early stage right now. I think it’s just few days of testing.
“I think there are things that we can address on the car, hopefully quite soon. So at the moment, we should keep our plan as it was for 2020/2021.”