Ferrari are convinced they are heading into the 2020 F1 season on the back foot because their new car isn’t quick enough.Charles Leclerc in an FIA press conference at the Red Bull Ring today. “It’s definitely not going to be easy.
“We still have this question mark and we still need to wait for qualifying to be absolutely sure of what we say, even though we are 99% sure that we will be struggling more than last year.”
Team principal Mattia Binotto confirmed earlier this week the team will bring a substantial update to its car for the third race of the season at the Hungaroring. The team’s ability to work on the problem was disrupted by the enforced closure of its factory due to the pandemic.
“After the testing I think we knew that we were not where we wanted to be, especially on the qualifying pace,” Leclerc explained.
“Then there’s been this whole situation with the coronavirus, everything was closed. And then once they reopen, we re-analysed the data with the small amount of time we had. And we decided to to make a step back, to try and analyse from where the issue is coming from first to then work on the issues.
“But first [we need] to know exactly from where it comes from and that’s where we are at the moment. We have tried a different route for Budapest but there was not enough time to bring it in.”
2020 F1 season
- Pictures: Wrecked chassis from Grosjean’s Bahrain fireball crash to go on display
- Bottas vs Rosberg: Hamilton’s Mercedes team mates compared after 78 races each
- F1 revenues fell by $877 million in Covid-struck 2020 season
- Hamilton and Mercedes finally announce new deal for 2021 season
- F1 audience figures “strong” in 2020 despite dip in television viewers