Binotto hints at potential ‘organisational’ changes at Ferrari

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has alluded to organisational changes that could sweep the Scuderia in the near term to help the Italian outfit put itself back on the right track following its low-key start to the 2020 season.

Ferrari is nowhere near rivalling with Mercedes, or even Red Bull or Racing Point which has overhauled the red squad in the early pecking order.

The team’s SF1000 package features weaknesses in both the aero and engine departments, and Ferrari could be hard pressed to significantly improve its fortunes given the regulation freeze that will extend into next year.

However, Binotto vows to leave no stone unturned moving forward in its efforts to improve its performance, including revamping its management structure.

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“I think we saw in Barcelona [testing] that we were not fast enough, but we were not expecting such a difficult situation,” said Binotto after Sunday’s race. “So it is certainly worse compared to expectations.

“With three races in a row, there are a couple of weeks before Silverstone and it will be important at Maranello to consider all the aspects of the car and the organisation: whatever it is we need to improve.”

Reports in Italy recently alleged that Antonello Coletta, Ferrari’s current GT and Corse Clienti director, could be added to the team’s roster of senior managers, a move that would help lighten Binotto’s burden.

In the interim, Ferrari’s engineering team will focus an understanding the issues impacting its SF1000 whose latest upgrade introduced at the Styrian Grand Prix only produced marginal gains.

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“I think that the updates we brought in Austria improved the correlation between windtunnel and track,” Binotto explained.

“At least we address those points. But the deficit in terms of performance is still there.

“We are lacking speed on the straights, and we are lacking speed in cornering. Overall, the car has to be improved in all areas. It is as simple as that.”

But Binotto made clear that is no silver bullet that can provide an effective and immediate solution to the SF1000’s woes.

“It will take a long time because it is not something that is addressed in a few weeks, stressed the Swiss engineer. “So I think patience will be required.

“As I said before, when you need to improve all the areas, because we are lacking speed in all the areas, it is not something that a simple trick will address or simple solution or simple package.

“It will take time. How long? I do not have the answer yet”

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