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Sport Ferrari 'lost' title before F1 2019

16:50  10 december  2019
16:50  10 december  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Ferrari say they lost the F 1 2019 battle to Mercedes before the season even began after designing a car which was "not good enough". Although Ferrari turned heads in pre-season testing with their pace, their season quickly unravelled after a crushing opener in Australia and the famous Italian team didn't

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto says the team ' lost ' the 2019 Formula 1 season last year when designing its car. The Italian team started pre-season testing strongly but that did not translate into results at the start of the year, and it had to wait until the Belgian Grand Prix – after F 1 's summer break – for its first

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Ferrari say they lost the F1 2019 battle to Mercedes before the season even began after designing a car which was "not good enough".

Although Ferrari turned heads in pre-season testing with their pace, their season quickly unravelled after a crushing opener in Australia and the famous Italian team didn't secure a victory until after the summer break, by which point their championship optimism had long been a distant memory.

Ferrari's issue wasn't that they couldn't compete with Mercedes in terms of engine power or in qualifying - they were by far the quickest on the straights in 2019 and finished with nine poles to Merc's 10 - but that their SF90's aerodynamic package was no match for their rivals in the corners.

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The Ferrari Team Principal explained that in his mind the 2019 championship was lost “last year”, with problems with the car's handling becoming eveident in the first race of the year in Australia, despite the team appearing to PODCAST: Aldo Costa on engineering Ferrari and Mercedes’ F 1 dominance.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Their season was also littered with team and driver mistakes, but Mattia Binotto was in no doubt when asked what the key moment was in the Scuderia's demise.

"I think we lost this last year when designing that car," the Ferrari team boss said.

"We were not competitive at the start of the season and there are reasons for it, so I think the car project was not good enough to start with.

Sebastian Vettel et al. in uniform © Getty "Our development rate, and generally speaking our design, was not as good as our competitors."

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So what might Ferrari and lead driver Sebastian Vettel learned from last year and what might change for them in 2019 ? Carlo Vanzini, Sky in Italy's Sebastian Vettel was blamed by the media for making too many errors, while Ferrari themselves lost their way on car development after the summer break.

Mercedes started the season with eight consecutive victories, while even Red Bull claimed two wins before Charles Leclerc or Sebastian Vettel stood on the top step of the podium for Ferrari.

They did make progress in the second half of the campaign and seemed to make a breakthrough with their package when taking a one-two in Singapore, a high-downforce track which features more low-speed corners than any other on the calendar.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 01: Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 01: Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images) "It has certainly been an intense season with a lot to do," Binotto, new in his role for 2019, added.

"We have restructured and reorganised the team, but in the meantime we have always tried to address and improve the car and I think we did this through the season - at least to some level."

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) That Singapore win, however, was their last of the season, with Binotto admitting the team "lost performance" in comparison to Mercedes and Red Bull at the end of 2019.

Ferrari, without a title in over a decade, are now facing a crunch winter as they ponder their car design for 2020 - when the car regulations are largely unchanged.

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