Ferrari introduces major updates on SF1000 at Eifel Grand Prix


Ferrari is struggling this year because it has a car that is totally uncompetitive. The SF1000 rides somewhere in midfield, although the Italian team seems to be recovering a bit now. For the Grand Prix of Eifel, at the Nurburgring, the Maranello team is introducing a major update, which should ensure that the team can make a big step.

That was the news of the cheerful Charles Leclerc after finishing in a promising sixth place in Sochi. The result came after Ferrari introduced an aerodynamic update to the Russian Grand Prix, the main element of which was a new front wing and modified sides on the rear wing.

No faster times

Leclerc said it wasn’t an instant boost in lap time, but it made the car more stable. Leclerc: “That helped me get more out of it than I could do before.”

Team principal Mattia Binotto added: “The midfield is so close together that these small steps can make a big difference.”

According to Leclerc, there is now a bigger update on the Nurburgring, and sources say the main development will be a new floor this time. If that also works, changes to the diffuser will reportedly hit the car at the next Grand Prix in Portugal.

When asked if the Sochi update was effective, Leclerc replied: “Absolutely. We have brought several new parts here and we are getting a bigger update for the race in Germany. So it looks better.”

Vettel in trouble

On the other hand, Sebastian Vettel finished just 13th on Sunday, insisting he still felt ‘uncomfortable’ behind the wheel of the 2020 Ferrari.

“The problem is not just a lack of rear grip, the problem is the whole car,” said the German.

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