Data suggests Ferrari have 'recovered quite a lot of speed on the straights' says Binotto
Ferrari’s loyal following the Tifosi have received a boost with news from team boss Mattia Binotto that the Scuderia’s simulations suggest they have “recovered quite a lot of speed on the straights”…
In an agonising turn of events for Ferrari, the famous red team went from having the class-leading power unit in 2019 to the worst of the four the following season, as Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel were forced to contend with an engine that lacked grunt in a car that was draggy.
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Keen to avoid a repeat, Ferrari invested in an all-new engine for 2021, and if the results from the dynos translate to the track, they could once again be a force in the engine stakes while also cutting drag on the new car.
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“Last year the main issue was the speed on the straight lines, not on the power, but power and drag,” said Binotto at the first of Ferrari's two season launch events. “We’ve worked a lot on both sides, the power unit and the car’s aerodynamics, to reduce the drag of the car.
“According to our simulations today, based on what we are seeing in terms of power output from the dynos, from the wind tunnel data too, I think we have recovered quite a lot of speed on the straights.
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“So I’m expecting the speed not to be such an issue as it was. We hope to be competitive, but we’ll know it only when we are in Bahrain because I think it’s always relative to what the others are doing.
“But we believe our car is certainly more efficient compared to the one we had last year and when I’m saying efficient, again, it’s both from the aerodynamic point of view and from the power unit point of view.”
Ferrari’s SF21 will break cover at a second launch event on Wednesday 10 March, with pre-season testing commencing two days later. Much of the F1 fraternity will remain in Bahrain, as the season begins at the same venue on March 28.