Ferrari Team Boss, Mattia Binotto seems confident in the machinery they have ahead of testing in Bahrain.
In a recent interview, Binotto said the team will “optimise” the car rather than carry out any major upgrades after leaving Barcelona.
The F1-75 was certainly looking healthy at the first round of testing in Spain, with the Prancing Horses completing 439 laps – the most on the day – followed by Mercedes who covered 392 laps.
While it is expected that many of the cars will look slightly different heading into the next round of testing, Ferrari’s Binotto confirmed they’re going in a different direction.
Speaking in Barcelona, he said: “Our car will not be much different compared to what we have got. The first step for us is to optimise what we have.
“We are still far from the best performance, not only because we are running high fuel, or not the best engine mode but simply because there is a lot to exploit on the car itself.
“Let’s wait, let us see what the others will bring. Certainly, as Ferrari, we are always concerned on the upgrades of our competitors and I am pretty sure they will be very, very strong by Bahrain.”
The team managed to gather plenty of data in Barcelona, according to Binotto, and they will be working to extract more performance from the F1-75 in Bahrain, as the season opener fast approaches.
“I think in Barcelona, first session, [our objective] was to collect data as we said, try to understand the correlation, but when we go to Bahrain it will be very close to the first race of the season.
“We will all, I believe, try to simulate some race situations, quali simulations and we will try to extract some performance from the car itself. Certainly, in Bahrain, I think it will be more the performance; the relative competitiveness of the teams will be more clear.”