Report: Only small updates for Ferrari in Austria

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 2020 Test 1 Day 2

Reports that Ferrari would bring a radically overhauled SF1000 to the first race of the 2020 Formula 1 season in Austria are untrue, according to German media.

Per Auto Motor und Sport, the car that will drive at the Red Bull Ring from July 3-5 will be much the same as the one that appeared at preseason testing in Barcelona.

Suggesting F1’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic “stimulated the imagination” of Italian media, AMuS reports that mooted chassis upgrades – a slimmer nose, stiffer gearbox and new rear axle – would require more tokens than are available under the system F1 recently agreed to use to limit spending on development.

Similarly, the supposed 15-30 horsepower-boost to Ferrari’s 065 engine would not have transpired, with the team largely committed to its original engine to the end of the season.

“We only have very small changes to the car,” a Ferrari spokesperson told AMuS. “It was more important for us to understand the SF1000 better. We have indeed made a good step forward.”

Instead, the thinking is that the Scuderia will see its first major upgrades at the Hungarian Grand Prix from 17-19 July.

At the same time, Mercedes are believed to be bringing significant aerodynamic improvements to its car in Austria, while Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko told AMuS that his team are bringing its “third stage” evolution of the RB16, as was scheduled for Austria on the original F1 calendar.