The pitching phenomenon caused by the new F1 ground effects continues to make a lot of noise on the Imola side. Mercedes is arguably the single most affected single-seater and Silver Arrows are going through a real ordeal this weekend.
But if there’s one barn that looks like it’ll adapt to that pitching, it’s the Ferrari. The F1-75 is one of the most rebounding single-seaters, but unlike the others, it doesn’t seem to affect the level of performance so far.
When asked why at a press conference in Imola, Scuderia director Mattia Binotto admitted that he did not understand why his team is better than others in this area, but confirmed that there is still a plan for improvement.
“I don’t know why they aren’t as fast as we are in riding the Greek. But it’s true that it has impressed us a lot since the start of winter testing. We tried a few things on the car to reduce that, but it’s true.” not resolved yet. You always have to find a compromise between minimizing this problem and sacrificing performance.”
“So we’re going to develop the car with the idea of getting rid of it because it’s not ideal for a driver to bounce into a corner while braking. I don’t know if the others are correct.” Teams suffer more than we do.”
Ferrari engine not yet pushed to its limits
Some rumors say that Ferrari, satisfied with the reliability of its engine, will unlock additional power in the power unit to gain performance. But Binotto assures that this is not the case, at least not yet.
“It’s not like that. Since we have a new fuel, we have completely revised the design of our engine, especially the combustion part, compared to last year. In the hybrid part, we brought the changes that were included in the new concept last year.”
“During the winter we tried to get the maximum possible performance, the combustion engine is frozen for the next few years. We haven’t brought it to maximum performance yet and we want to be as reliable as possible.”
Ferrari leads the championship but Binotto keeps his feet on the ground
Scuderia Ferrari is therefore at the start of the two championships and remembers the good memories of all the typhoids who were in large numbers in the stands of Imola this weekend. But Binotto wants to be cautious: competition will grow and tomorrow’s hierarchy may be very different from today’s hierarchy.
“It’s definitely a good position. But we still know the way we have to go. We started the season well but during the presentation of F1-75 I said to myself “we’re going to need five races to discover it.” “I think it’s too early for that. Maybe we’ll get a better overview in Barcelona.”
“Other teams have solved some of their problems through development and we will come to that as well. But when development really starts we will realize how good our package is this season.”
“Yes, we are happy to lead the championship, it’s a good feeling. But as I mentioned, we are very aware that we have just got off to a good start so far. The current balance of forces can change very quickly.”