Ferrari has readied further upgrades for its Formula 1 car which it will introduce at this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
Following a torrid 2020 campaign so far, Ferrari is seeking a substantial performance increase and will bring more updates to its SF1000 after introducing a number of small upgrades in Russia.
Ferrari enjoyed a more encouraging weekend in Sochi as Charles Leclerc recorded the team’s best result in five races with sixth-place, with the Scuderia bouncing back from tough races outside of the points at Spa-Francorchamps, Monza and Mugello.
Ferrari’s upgrades in Russia included a revised rear-wing endplate and changes to the nose cap and turning vanes. Speaking after the race, Leclerc hinted that more parts would be coming
“Driving-wise, it’s not like we felt a big difference,” Leclerc explained.
“But the data says that it’s a small gain, which is what we expected, so this is already positive.
“Now I’m looking forward to the next race where normally we’ll have something a bit bigger.”
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto confirmed that upgrades would be brought to the Nurburgring, before shifting focus onto work to improve the diffuser.
“As Charles said, we’ll have a few more upgrades in Nurburgring, but again not major,” Binotto said.
“But still for us, I think it’s important considering the level of competitiveness. [The upgrades] will focus mainly on the diffuser for the remaining part of the season.”
Binotto also downplayed the impact of Ferrari’s upgrades at Sochi and does not believe that is solely the reason for the team’s positive performance.
“I don’t think it’s down to the upgrades… that’s not the reason,” he added. “It’s track characteristics, so let’s hope that we’ve found again some competitiveness that gives the opportunity for the two drivers to compete for a better position in the future.
“We brought some new bits, it’s not a big step forward, not yet sufficient, we’re fully aware, but important to go in the right direction for at least the remainder of the season.”