The Italian outfit headed into last weekend’s season opener in Austria aware that it was on the backfoot, with its car in the same specification as it had been in pre-season testing.
That is because the team uncovered some aerodynamic flaws with the SF1000 during the Barcelona running which it has decided to address with a major overhaul. The changes were originally planned to be introduced at this month’s third round of the season at the Hungaroring.
But competitive struggles last weekend left it pushing extra hard to bring as many of the new components as possible to this weekend’s Styrian GP.
A statement from the team on Monday said that it was flat out with development work at Maranello “in the hope of bringing forward to next weekend the introduction of the aerodynamic package scheduled for the Hungarian Grand Prix – or, at least, some of its components”.
The team said it did not believe the car changes would be enough to completely cut the near one-second deficit it had to Mercedes in Austria, but it hoped that they “could allow the team to move up the order”.
It also reckoned that bringing new parts this weekend would have added value because it would allow it to conduct a proper back-to-back comparison with how things were last time out. Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri has also underlined his faith in the team and its boss Mattia Binotto, despite the tricky times the outfit faced.
Any setbacks will certainly not change our chosen course and I have any confidence in Mattia and the team in addressing our shortcomings.”