Ferrari hasn't been masking its pace in F1 testing

Ferrari insists that it hasn't been playing games by disguising its pace in winter testing, but does admit its car is better in race trim than on single lap pace

Ferrari hasn't been masking its pace in F1 testing

The Italian outfit has been open that pre-season testing has not gone as well as it would have liked and thinks it is heading into the F1 season opener behind rivals Mercedes and Red Bull.

But its competitors think that Ferrari is holding something back, and point to some strong race runs that the team was able to produce at Barcelona.

Asked about whether an obvious lack of straight line speed in testing pointed to the team holding back its full potential, team principal Mattia Binotto said: "We are not hiding. That is our true performance.

"I think it's difficult to split on the straights what is drag and what is power, but certainly we are down on speed compared to other competitors.

"I think that's affected by one way from the drag and the other from the reliability programme that we have in place."

Binotto said that the team was focused on improving the SF1000, with it lacking in overall performance.

"I think we need to still work on the balance of the car and the setup to optimize its overall performance around the racetrack," Binotto added.

"But generally speaking, we need to improve the base performance of the car, which is power, drag and downforce.

"There is no doubt and no discussion on that.

"If you look at the picture of the winter testing I think we have got relative to the others a better, but doesn't mean the best, race pace compared to the qualifying pace.

"I think we're suffering a bit more on qualifying simulation compared to the race simulations, and that is something on which we need again to understand, analyse and eventually address it."

shares
comments
Bahrain F1 GP ticket sales halted for coronavirus assessment
Previous article

Bahrain F1 GP ticket sales halted for coronavirus assessment

Next article

AlphaTauri sets deadline to take customer Red Bull 2021 gearbox

AlphaTauri sets deadline to take customer Red Bull 2021 gearbox
Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss Plus

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

OPINION: Fred Vasseur has spent only a few weeks as team principal for the Ferrari Formula 1 team, but is already intent on taking the Scuderia back to the very top. And despite it being arguably the most demanding job in motorsport, the Frenchman is relishing the challenge

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023 Plus

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

Changes to the regulations for season two of Formula 1's ground-effects era aim to smooth out last year’s troubles and shut down loopholes. But what areas have been targeted, and what impact will this have?

Formula 1
Jan 26, 2023
Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history? Plus

Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history?

Who are the quickest drivers in Formula 1 history? LUKE SMITH asked a jury of experienced and international panel of experts and F1 insiders. Some of them have worked closely with F1’s fastest-ever drivers – so who better to vote on our all-time top 50? We’re talking all-out speed here rather than size of trophy cabinet, so the results may surprise you…

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2023
One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1 Plus

One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1

OPINION: During what is traditionally a very quiet time of year in the Formula 1 news cycle, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been generating headlines. He’s been commenting on massive topics in a championship that loves them, but also addressing necessary smaller changes too. Here we suggest a further refinement that would be a big boon to fans

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
How can McLaren keep hold of Norris? Plus

How can McLaren keep hold of Norris?

Lando Norris is no longer the young cheeky-chappy at McLaren; he’s now the established ace. And F1's big guns will come calling if the team can’t give him a competitive car. Here's what the team needs to do to retain its prize asset

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make? Plus

What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make?

While a quick pitstop can make all the difference to the outcome of a Formula 1 race, most team managers say consistency is more important than pure speed. MATT KEW analyses the fastest pitstops from last season to see which ones – if any – made a genuine impact

Formula 1
Jan 23, 2023
When F1 ‘holiday’ races kept drivers busy through the winter Plus

When F1 ‘holiday’ races kept drivers busy through the winter

Modern Formula 1 fans have grown accustomed to a lull in racing during winter in the northern hemisphere. But, as MAURICE HAMILTON explains, there was a time when teams headed south of the equator rather than bunkering down in the factory. And why not? There was fun to be had, money to be made and reputations to forge…

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2023
What Porsche social media frenzy says about F1’s manufacturer allure Plus

What Porsche social media frenzy says about F1’s manufacturer allure

Porsche whipped up a frenzy thanks to a cryptic social media post last week and, although it turned out to be a false alarm, it also highlighted why manufacturers remain such an important element in terms of the attraction that they bring to F1. It is little wonder that several other manufacturers are bidding for a slice of the action

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2023