Binotto: We are moving the car in the right direction

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

Ferrari’s efforts at the Eifel Grand Prix are indicative its troubled 2020 car has made progress, says team principal Mattia Binotto.

Currently enduring their worst season in decades, Ferrari have struggled both in the wake of the controversy around its 2019 power unit, and amid the resurgence of midfield teams McLaren, Racing Point and Renault.

However after introducing the second phase in a series of upgrades that began the race before at Sochi, Charles Leclerc was able to qualify in P4 before finishing P7 in Sunday’s race at the Nurburgring, with Binotto suggesting it was proof the Scuderia was back on the right track.

“I think we were not expecting a lot of difference,” he told reporters. “It was a small upgrade and it was completing a package we started introducing in Russia.

“The positive is that it was correlating well with what we saw in the wind tunnel and back in the factory. And that somehow means we are moving the car in the right direction.

“There will be some more further upgrades during the remainder of the season, which will be as well important. And for us, what’s key is the team developing the car, and more important, making sure the direction we are taking the car is the right one.”

Sitting sixth in the constructor’s championship with 80 points, the Scuderia will bring further upgrades to the next race in Portugal, although by Binotto’s own admission, the focus is more on laying the foundations for a more competitive package for 2021 than it is on delivering immediate results.