Even outgoing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel revealed that the updates that the team brought to Sochi worked as planned.



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Outgoing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel revealed that the updates worked as planned at Sochi

Ferrari is planning a major update to the underperforming SF1000 for the Eifel GP at the Nurburgring. Charles Leclerc and team principal Mattia Binnoto revealed this to Motorsport.com. Ferrari had already brought a set of updates to Sochi which resulted in its best result in five races – P6 for Leclerc, however, Binnoto believed the updates had less of an impact. He rather believed the layout of the track helped the SF1000. 

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Charles Leclerc managed his best finish in five races at Sochi

“Driving-wise, it’s not like we felt a big difference. But the data says that it’s a small gain, which is what we expected, so this is already positive. Now I’m looking forward to the next race where normally we’ll have something a bit bigger,” said Leclerc. 

 

“As Charles said, we have a few more upgrades in Nurburgring, but again not major,” revealed Mattia Binotto. “Still for us, I think [they are] important considering the level of competitiveness. Then we’ll focus mainly on the diffuser for the remaining part of the season, but by when, it’s not yet defined,” added Swiss-born engineer who was elevated to Ferrari’s team principal in 2019. 

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Vettel crashed in Q2 of qualifying at Sochi and just managed P13 in the race

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Even outgoing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel revealed that the updates that the team brought to Sochi worked as planned. “On Friday, I think the parts were doing what we expected,” Vettel said. “It’s a very small step, not a huge one in performance, but we knew that going in. Unfortunately for Vettel, he only managed P13 as he didn’t have the pace of his younger team-mate. 

 

 

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