Reviews Ferrari optimistic: top speed deficit made up for 2021

15:21  28 february  2021
15:21  28 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Ferrari glaubt, sein Topspeed-Problem aus der Saison 2020 gelöst zu haben © Motorsport Images Ferrari believes it has solved its top speed problem from the 2020 season

Ferrari was simply too slow on the straights in 2020. This should not happen again in 2021. And team boss Mattia Binotto is confident that he has found a solution. On the sidelines of the team presentation for the new Formula 1 season , he said: "We should have picked up some speed on the straights."

Binotto is based on the latest development data and refers to simulations, test benches and Winkanal tests. "I therefore assume that speed will no longer be such a big issue," says Binotto.

He hopes that Ferrari will be "competitive" again in Formula 1 with the optimizations, after only P6 in the constructors' championship and without a win in 2020. The explains that a location will be determined "only in Bahrain" Ferrari team boss continues. After all, an improvement is "always relative to what the others do".

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Progress yes, but World Championship title fight no

And what did Ferrari do? According to Binotto, the traditional team has not only developed a new drive train, but has also "refined the aerodynamics to reduce air resistance". In addition to the lack of top speed, the latter was a major weakness of last year's SF1000, says Binotto.

Ferrari hopes to have both propulsion and air resistance under control this year. "We believe we have a more efficient car, more efficient in terms of propulsion and aerodynamics," says Binotto.

The Ferrari team boss believes that an attack on Mercedes is out of the question despite the latest measures: "We have to be realistic. The gap to the top was huge last year. You won't catch up with something like that over a winter."

Why Ferrari had such a big deficit in the first place is still causing speculation - and headlines, as is now the case with the former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo, who attested to the Maranello racing team as "fraud" in an interview. Shortly afterwards, Salo, Michael Schumacher's replacement at Ferrari in 1999, refrained from making this claim and claimed to have been "misunderstood" .

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