Ferrari will unveil its first big update package at the Spanish Grand Prix after Formula 1 competitor Red Bull gained “a couple of tenths” through car development.
Ferrari leads both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles after five races of the 2022 season, but has been defeated by Red Bull in two consecutive grands prix for the first time this season.
Max Verstappen won the Emilia Romagna and Miami Grands Prix, cutting Charles Leclerc’s championship lead to 19 points, but Ferrari currently has a six-point lead in the teams’ standings.
So far, the two teams have chosen very different approaches to development.
Since a new floor was unveiled during pre-season testing, Ferrari has rarely changed its car, whilst Red Bull has incorporated aerodynamic and weight-saving changes since new sidepods and a new floor appeared at the second test.
Given the budget cap, Red Bull’s early development rate is apparently unsustainable – something Ferrari has officially said for the first time – but Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is aware that “in order to keep the pace, we need to develop ourselves and offer enhancements.”
This will happen in the next race in Spain, when Ferrari is expected to deliver significant changes, including a new floor that should reduce porpoising and allow Ferrari to run the car lower.
“In the next races it will be at least our turn to try to develop as much as we can the car by introducing upgrades,” said Binotto.
“I think it’s not a surprise that we may have a package in Barcelona which will be important for us.
“As usual I hope that the package we are introducing is working as expected in order to try to catch up the current gap we’ve got compared to the Red Bull.”
‘We need to respond’ – Mattia Binotto
Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto has urged the team to provide a strong reaction to Red Bull after Max Verstappen won his second consecutive race in Miami on Sunday.
While the Scuderia leads both championships, their constructors’ lead has shrunk to six points, and Charles Leclerc (second in Miami) is only 19 points clear of Verstappen in the drivers’ standings.
Binotto discussed his team’s performance after the race, which saw Carlos Sainz finish third after holding off a weakened Sergio Perez.
“We can’t be completely happy with today’s race because, although the F1-75 was competitive, our rivals were a few tenths per lap quicker than us,” he said.
“If you consider how many points we are taking home from here, we can’t be too disappointed, given that we are leading both championships, but it’s clear we now need to respond. We are keen to get the job done and there are still a lot of races to go.”