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Ferrari’s Russian Grand Prix upgrades “won’t change the big picture” – Binotto

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In the round-up: Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto plays down the likely impact of the team’s upgrade package for this weekend’s race.

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Binotto indicated Ferrari’s updates for its SF1000 this weekend will be minor:

There will be small upgrades but this will not change the big picture.

I think we are at the moment out of pace in the race and we are somehow wearing the tyres too much. So the upgrades will not be the ones that address it.

We need to review projects with the view to 2021. I think it will take some more time to do it.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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Does the lack of manufacturer competition Toyota have faced at Le Mans in the last three years detract from their achievement of winning it?

Before the Ford GT40 sweep in ’66, Ferrari didn’t have much competition that decade and the GT40s weren’t exactly fighting tooth and nail for that sweep. Porsche didn’t have much “real opposition” ’81-’88. And until Peugeot and Porsche returned to winning ways, Audi ran pretty much unopposed in the 2000s.

It’s not like Toyota are the only team to have won Le Mans when the competition wasn’t exactly fierce.

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  • 6 comments on “Ferrari’s Russian Grand Prix upgrades “won’t change the big picture” – Binotto”

    1. With Nakajima winning the last 3 Le Mans and Sato winning the Indy 500, it would be nice to have a Japanese driver in F1 again. Especially since Honda are a race winning engine.

      1. I think next year you see a japanse driver at Alpha Tauri….. From what i see in F2 very promising driver.

        1. @macleod if you are referring to Yuki Tsunoda, I wouldn’t necessarily bank on him appearing in Formula 1 in 2021.

          In order to secure a superlicence, he needs to finish at least 5th in the championship in Formula 2 this year – whilst he was on track earlier in the year, he’s slipped back to 6th and risks falling to 7th given Louis Delétraz is only a single point behind him. Tsunoda has had a spell of multiple races now where he’s not scored points – if it persists for much longer, it’s quite plausible that he’ll fail to meet the superlicence requirements at the end of the year.

    2. I’ve always felt that Nakajima was decent driver, for whatever reason, his stint in F1 didn’t work out. His career since then has been very good.

    3. Good results for F1 drivers at Lemans today. Brandon Hartley and Paul de Resta
      also won.

    4. In a normal season, the F1 Euro phase might be over by mid-September, but there are still events with which there’d be a direct timing clash, and those are the Singapore and Russian GPs unless the Japanese GP would take place before these two, or maybe some other place featuring a great-ish time difference to Le Mans. There’s never a direct clash with the Canadian GP due to the time difference between Montreal and Le Mans, so no problem as long as it’s this specific F1 event with which the 24H of Le Mans would share a weekend in its traditional month.

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