Ferrari Chief Engineer and Team Principal Mattia Binotto claims that the new Ferrari racing car has recovered a massive amount of deficit when it comes to speed, stating “We’ve recovered quite a lot of speed”
Ferrari struggled on the straight lines against the top last year, with the team’s lack of pace forcing them to finish P6 on the constructor’s table.
Despite this, Mattia Binotto has showcased his optimism towards this year’s car by making claims that Ferrari has recovered the speed deficit on the straight lines.
“I think that last year the main issue was the speed on the straight lines,” stated Binotto according to RaceFans. “Not only the power but both power and drag. We’ve worked a lot both on the power unit and the car aerodynamics to reduce the drag of the car.”
“And based on our simulations today, based on what we can see in terms of power output from the dynos and the drag of the car from the wind tunnel, I think that we’ve recovered quite a lot of speed on the straight lines. ”
So I’m expecting the speed not to be such an issue as it was.”
Ferrari is going to reveal its 2021 contender on March 10, two days prior to Bahrain testing. Binotto did confess that he wishes to see his team be more competitive amongst the teams.
We also see a new driver lineup for the team, consisting of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
“We hope to be competitive, but we will know it only when being in Bahrain,” said Binotto. “I think it’s always relative to what the others are doing.
“But we believe our car is certainly more efficient compared to the one we had last year, and when I am saying efficient, it is again from the aero point of view and the power unit point of view.”