Ferrari Doesn't Sound Very Confident About the 2020 F1 Season
Ferrari doesn’t sounds all too confident about the 2020 Formula One season. Weeks before the first race, team principal Mattia Binotto is already talking about the team’s plan if they can’t close the gap to Mercedes this time around.
That’s because Ferrari already looks less prepared for the 2020 season than its chief rival. After the first practice session, where Mercedes showed off the stunning pace and engineering surprises of the W11, Ferrari’s been working hard to catch up to the Silver Arrows. And while that’s important, Binotto wants to make sure the team sets itself up for 2021 success.
“So at the start of the season, we certainly keep pushing on 2020 as much as we can, because it’s time for us to understand the car and the weaknesses. And hopefully, [there are] things that we can address as soon as possible,” Binotto said, according to Motorsport.com.
But if that work doesn’t lead to a competitive car after the first few races, Binotto said that Ferrari would consider shifting focus to the 2021 car. That’s not to say Ferrari is writing off the 2020 season, it’s just keeping the option open. Even still, these comments from Binotto are a stark contrast to 2019 when the team principal took abandoning development off the table.
But things have changed. The 2021 rules change will require ground-up redesigns, so there’s no use spending development money on the 2020 season if teams don’t see a path to victory. And unlike the 2020 season, the 2021 season includes a cost cap. That means that if a big-budget team like Ferrari finds itself in a hole at the beginning of the season, it won’t be able to spend its way out.
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