Ferrari will bring “small evolutions” to its SF90 for this weekend’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix, according to boss Mattia Binotto, but has warned against raising expectations.
Ferrari dominated in Bahrain, showed strong pace in Azerbaijan, while it crossed the line first in Canada but did not win owing to Sebastian Vettel’s time penalty.
But elsewhere it has trailed Mercedes, often substantially so, with its SF90 potent in full-throttle sections but lagging behind through slow- and medium-speed corners.
Ferrari introduced aero updated in Spain, along with its Spec 2 power unit, with Binotto keen to stress post-race in Canada that its stronger display was likely to be track dependent.
“Following Canada we definitely want to get back on track and go racing with our rivals once again,” said Binotto.
“In France we will have a few small evolutions, elements that represent for us a useful step in defining the direction we will take in developing the car.
“What we will be bringing won’t be the solution to our problems, but the technical feedback we get from these evolutions will be important for the next steps we take.
“Paul Ricard has been a tricky circuit for us last year and we know that this kind of track isn’t particularly favourable for our package, but nothing is impossible so we will be ready to do our best.”
Ferrari confirmed on Monday evening that it was pressing ahead with its right to review, regarding the incident involving Vettel at the preceding round in Canada.