Ferrari will carry new upgrades to Portimao for the Portuguese Grand Prix this weekend – with the group having acknowledged their purpose to qualify on at the very least the third row of the grid for the remaining six races this season.
Having taken 9 pole positions in 2019 – only one fewer than Mercedes – Ferrari have began inside the highest six simply 5 occasions up to now in 2020, and by no means larger than fourth.
However with the group set to bring upgrades this weekend, to complement these seen on the SF1000 at Sochi and the Nurburgring – and which helped Charles Leclerc take fourth on the grid for the Eifel GP – Head of Efficiency Growth Enrico Cardile laid out Ferrari’s aim for the rest of the yr.
“We already launched a couple of small modifications to the automotive’s aero package deal in Sochi and added others on the Nurburgring,” stated Cardile. “In Portimao we can have an additional replace, primarily to the diffuser, finishing the programme set out over the previous few months.
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“A very powerful factor is to get affirmation that our growth is heading in the right direction. Indications from the previous few Grands Prix are optimistic and we hope the identical will apply this weekend. We now have to contemplate that, greater than ever this yr, growth is aimed on the following season. All the identical, we nonetheless count on to see a efficiency enchancment with the SF1000.
“It might be very helpful to at the very least discover ourselves heading the group of vehicles and drivers at present combating inside just some tenths for locations 4 and decrease. Solely a few occasions this yr have we been capable of battle for a spot within the solar on the second or third row, and our purpose between now and December is to be constantly combating for these locations. However then, exactly as a result of this a part of the grid is so shut, it takes hardly something to search out your self fourth or twelfth, however that’s all a part of the sport.”
One silver lining for Ferrari is the truth that their present lowly constructors’ place of sixth would afford them extra time within the wind tunnel to develop their 2022 automotive subsequent yr, due to F1’s new ‘sliding scale’ aerodynamic testing regulations.
However regardless of that, Cardile was adamant that the group would do all the things of their energy to complete 2020 as strongly as doable, with Ferrari at present 34 factors adrift of fifth-placed Renault – and simply 13 factors forward of seventh-placed AlphaTauri.
“The distinction [in wind tunnel time] received’t be large, however in System 1, every minute of testing, be it on observe, on the check mattress or within the wind tunnel, is treasured,” stated Cardile.
“Nonetheless, I’m not joking after I say our purpose is to make up floor this yr. Once we have a look at the standings, seeing ourselves down in sixth place hurts and we’re properly conscious that it isn’t a place worthy of Ferrari. We completely wish to enhance, for us and for our followers who nonetheless assist us with ardour, even at tough occasions like those we’re going by way of now.”