Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto Confident Ahead Of 2021 Season

Shloke Sarkar

Scuderia Ferrari entered the pre-season testing held in Bahrain with high interests post a tough year that saw the team drop to 6th in the constructor’s cup, the team’s worst performance since 1980. Team principal Mattia Binotto feels confident that his team have eradicated their biggest weakness.

The loss of power that was faced by Ferrari was quite evident last season, which saw the car being quite slow in a straight line. To fix this, it seems Ferrari has made good use of winter improvements with the changes translating to the track as per the Scuderia chief.

“We knew that with only three days it would be very busy and very intense – it has been very busy and intense,” Binotto said on day 3 of winter testing.

“I think so far it has run smoothly. The main priority was certainly to understand the car behaviour, mapping in all the conditions, and that is where we focused our energy.

“I think so far we collected a lot of data – that data now needs to be analysed and [we need to] understand the variations between the track, wind tunnel, simulation, etc. But I have to say in terms of data measurements all went very smooth and we made our mileage and somehow we follow our plan.

“Obviously we know how the engine is running on the dyno. When you fit it in the car what you may have a look at on track is the speed and eventually the relative speed to the others.

“When we were here last year in Bahrain for the race and for qualifying we’ve been very slow here on the straights – we didn’t enter into Q3 and we were very distant from pole. Now if I look at the first days I think at least on the straights the speed is alright. It doesn’t seem to be such a disadvantage as it was last year.

“We know it’s not only power, it’s the drag of the car as well – as we often said last year – but let me say that both of them contributed in improving our speed on the straights and today we feel it is not anymore a disadvantage.”

Ferrari has also been trying to fix the evident weakness to the rear, which saw both Charles Leclerc and 2020 driver Sebastian Vettel struggle quite a bit on track.

“We tried to develop the back of the car as much as we could. I think what was more important for these days was to understand the correlation between the wind tunnel and the simulations, so gathering data and comparing.’

“I think we are pretty happy with the correlation, which means we’ve got a good baseline at least for the next simulations and eventually developments. So correlation was a key factor of those days, so far at least it’s looking pretty well.”

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