Despite the second place obtained in the first Austrian race by Charles Leclerc, for the Ferrari the start of the 2020 season was undoubtedly lower than expected – already kept low in the declarations of approaching the debut. The Red has made an obvious one step back at a performance level, enough to transform from the second force of the championship to the protagonist of the battles of the center group with McLaren, Racing Point and Renault.
Ferrari, Binotto: “The stopwatch never lies”
In this scenario, the tenth and eleventh position in Q2 repeated on dry and wet in the two successive races of the Red Bull Ring is very worrying, especially since the first developments brought about by the Maranello racing department were applied on the SF1000. Mattia Binotto did not hide in the post qualification declarations of Styria, recognizing that he had “made many efforts to anticipate a series of updates to the car but on the track the results have not been seen“And that the”state of affairs that is not up to par of a team bearing the Ferrari name“.
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Some media outlets – especially foreign ones – have read in Binotto’s words a criticism of their men, to take off some of the obvious pressure that seems to have increased for the performance of the SF1000. And so too Ralf Schumacher, in his analysis for Sky Germany, noted: “For Vettel it was important to qualify ahead of Leclerc in these conditions. But the fact that both Ferraris were difficult to drive even in the wet shows that there is something wrong with the mechanical side as well. If I were in Binotto, I would be afraid of a call from the boss“.