Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto admits there will not be any significant changes to the SF90 that will address the car’s weaknesses anytime soon.
Mercedes has shown a strong development rate and had the dominant car at the majority of circuits so far this season, with Ferrari only realistically threatening in Bahrain and Azerbaijan. Sebastian Vettel has spoken of a need to add downforce to the car in order to help get the Pirelli tires working properly, but Binotto says there is nothing coming in the short term that will help on that front ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
“We know we’re not competitive enough right now and, for the time being we haven’t got any more changes coming on the car that will have a significant effect on the problems we have encountered since the start of the season,” Binotto said.
“However, the Canadian track characteristics present another different challenge, given that top speed, braking efficiency and traction are the main considerations. We arrive here ready to do our best and to put the mistakes of the last few races behind us.”
Ferrari has been strong in terms of straight line speed so far this season, and Binotto is optimistic of a stronger showing in Montreal than at some recent races but still expects Mercedes to be the benchmark.
“It’s very difficult to judge,” he said. “I think we will be in a better shape compared to Barcelona, but I think they (Mercedes) have still got the best car and the strongest car at the moment. So I think they are still the ones that should be ahead. but maybe the gap will be closer. If there’s any opportunity, we will be ready to take it.”