Ferrari would consider abandoning its SF1000 if the gap to its rivals proves too big to overcome in the early races of the 2020 Formula 1 season.
With huge regulation changes on the horizon next year, teams are having to find ways to balance the development of their current cars without impacting on preparations for 2021.
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto, although suggesting it’s far too early to take such a decision, would consider scrapping this season if there’s no chance of fighting for the title, in order to benefit next year.
“How much will the 2020 catch up affect the 2021 [project]? – that’s certainly a good point,” said the Italian following pre-season testing.
“I think it’s a balance or compromise we need to find out. I think we are very early in the season, and you cannot compromise the entire season itself.
“At the start of the season, we certainly keep pushing on 2020 as much as we can, because it’s time for us to understand the car and the weaknesses and hopefully, it is things that we can address as soon as possible.
“If I see after a few races, and we still understand that the gap is too big, then maybe it’s a consideration that we can take into account.
“But it’s early stage right now. it’s just a few days of testing.
“I think there are things that we can address on the car, hopefully quite soon. So at the moment, we should keep our plan as it was for 2020/2021.”