Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto has said that his team has taken a “radically” different approach to pre-season testing in 2020.
Last season Ferrari topped the timesheet immediately, showing off the true pace of the Scuderia’s SF90, but the team has taken a different approach this year, and so far they have failed to set a time that is good enough to reach the top five.
They also had a disrupted session on Friday after Sebastian Vettel had to stop out on track due to a potential engine issue, which meant he had to have an engine change, but the team still managed to complete 100 laps during the last day of the first test.
Although not much can be read into the testing times, as only teams know what configuration they are running in, Binotto has confirmed that Ferrari has taken a new approach to testing this year.
“We adopted a radically different approach to this first pre-season test compared to last year’s.” commented the Ferrari Team Principal.
“So far, we have concentrated on evaluating every aspect of the car’s potential, running several different configurations, both aero and mechanical, so as to gather as much data as possible.
“We will now go home and analyse it all, comparing it to that gathered in the simulations we ran on the computer and on the actual simulator we have in Maranello.”
With Ferrari spending the first week of testing gathering data and evaluating the SF1000’s new design, the Italian manufacturer has confirmed that they will focus on outright pace when the next pre-season test gets underway on Wednesday next week.
“In next week’s test, we will begin to investigate the performance side,” Binotto added.
“Working on set-up and moving forward with the usual tests in qualifying and race trim in order to be well prepared for the opening round in Australia.”