Binotto pleased Austrian Grand Prix is this weekend
Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto has said he is pleased there is a Grand Prix this weekend as the team tries to put its difficult race in France behind them.
The Maranello based team have had a tough month after Sebastian Vettel lost victory in Canada after being penalised and the team struggling for pace at Paul Ricard last weekend.
“We are happy to be getting back on track so quickly, because it’s the best way to put ourselves to the test again” commented Binotto.
Ferrari introduced a number of updates in France but they didn’t work as expected and the team ended up reverting to an older spec floor.
They will now be bringing additional parts to Austria in their bid to close the gap on Mercedes.
“[We need] to try and understand the elements that did not go according to plan in France.” added Binotto.
“We have various test items to evaluate, mainly in order to give us a clearer picture as to why some of the updates we brought to Le Castellet did not work as expected.”
With temperatures soaring in Europe this week, it is likely to be a difficult race for all the teams as they manage tyre temperatures.
Speaking about the weather Binotto said: “The forecast is for very hot conditions, so it will be a demanding weekend on the cooling front, both for the engine and the brakes, which means tyre management will also be very difficult.”
The Red Bull Ring is a much shorter track than Paul Ricard and this means qualifying will be incredibly important as times are likely to be close between all teams.
“It is difficult to get everything right on this track even though it’s a very short lap.” said Vettel.
“It is crucial to get a good qualifying position in order to have a good race. It is definitely one I want to win.”