Ferrari must have “courage” to change development path

Ferrari must have “courage” to change development path if that is what’s required to be more competitive, according to Team Principal, Mattia Binotto.

The Italian Formula 1 team has had a difficult start to the season, having found themselves a long way off the pace of Mercedes, and they appear to currently have the fifth fastest car, behind the Silver Arrows, Red Bull, Racing Point and McLaren.

The Hungarian Grand Prix was another disappointing weekend for the team, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finishing sixth and 11th respectively, and both cars were lapped by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

Ferrari has suffered with power performance since they had to alter their power unit after an FIA investigation last season, but the twisty nature of the Hungaroring circuit means that power performance is less critical.

As such, last weekend’s race has put the design of the SF1000 under the spotlight, with the lack of competitiveness suggesting there are a number of flaws with Ferrari’s design philosophy for 2020, and Binotto has said that changes must be made in order to see an improvement.

“An extremely disappointing Sunday and the result is very hard to swallow,” the Ferrari Team Principal said after the race.

“In qualifying, we had got the most out of the car as it is at the moment, but in the race that was not the case.

“To be lapped is very painful for us and our fans.

“Now we return home after this very long trip and we have to try everything we can to improve as much as possible in every area.

“Everyone will have to analyse their work and have the courage to change course if necessary, because the current dynamic is unacceptable. There is no other solution to fix this situation.”

Leclerc also acknowledged that his team has a lot of work to do, after Ferrari made a strategy error putting him on the soft tyres when the track started to dry.

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But, even when he switched on to a better compound, the monegasque driver admitted his car was “slow”.

“I’m not sure what happened, because we didn’t make changes to the car, but it was extremely hard to drive, as the balance was so much worse than Friday and Saturday, when it was actually better than expected,” added the 22-year-old.

“It just didn’t feel like the same car.

“We need to look further into that to try and understand, as I was struggling a lot.

“We stopped for Softs a bit earlier than others and maybe it was a bit too optimistic.

“But it was a good call and I managed a few quick laps, but there was only one dry line so I could not overtake and, with hindsight the Soft was not the best choice.

“After that we were just slow. There’s lot of work ahead of us.”