Ferrari will bring a unique, low-downforce rear wing to their home race this weekend as they aim to end Max Verstappen’s four-match winning streak.
Despite budget caps putting pressure on teams to develop race-specific components, Ferrari has created a special wing to achieve maximum straight-line speed on F1’s fastest tracks. However, they chose not to use it at Spa-Francorchamps last month, where Red Bull took a dominant victory.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said the win “wasn’t the right choice considering the tire wear and the high temperatures”.
“For Monza we will definitely do a different wing and lower drag,” he confirmed. “So the speed itself is not a concern.”
Following last weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort, Binotto expressed concern about the team’s recent decline. In the last four races, not only Red Bull, but also Mercedes scored goals.
“My main concern after today’s race is that it’s three races in a row where we don’t have the pace on Sunday,” he told race fans and other media after the grand prix, comparing it to their similarly hungover performance.
“We have good quality in Hungary and this weekend, we had a qualifying race, but the race itself, we are not competitive enough and it makes life more difficult. Not only because we can’t fight for the win with Max, but because we don’t have the pace to keep Mercedes behind.
“There have been three races in a row since the start of the season where we have proven that we have the potential to be our best and that we are capable of the car.” With only a few races left between now and the end of the season, it’s something we should look into as soon as possible.
“We are still looking for victories and our aim is to try to win every race, and that includes Monza.”
Binotto hopes home support will give his team their first win since the Austrian Grand Prix two months ago.
“After Vivid, it’s still great to have all our fans in a big place,” he said. “It’s important for us, because they definitely encourage us and motivate us as a team, which we need to get good results for now.”
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