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Mattia Binotto thinks speed on straights is not Ferrari’s disadvantage anymore

Carlos Sainz at the F1 pre-season testing in Bahrain. Credits: Getty Images.

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto believes that the team has coped with issues related to the low speed on straights.

The pre-season testing is going quite well for Scuderia Ferrari – they do not have any significant problems with reliability and pace. More than that, all the engine upgrades have proved to be successful and Ferrari’s power unit is highly competitive once again. The team boss Mattia Binotto has shared his opinion that straightline speed is not Ferrari’s disadvantage now.

“We know how the engine is running at the dyno, [but] when you fit it on the car, what you may have a look on track is the speed, and eventually the relative speed to the others,” Binotto tells Motorsport.com.

“When we were here last year in Bahrain for the race in qualy, we’ve been very slow here on the straights. We didn’t enter into Q3, and we were very distant from pole. Now if I look at the data, I think at least on the speed, on the straight, the speed is alright. There does not seem to be such a disadvantage as it was last year”, he adds.

“We know it’s not only power, it’s drag of the car as well, as we often said last year. But let me say that both contributed in improving our speed on the straights. Today we feel it is not anymore a disadvantage”, Mattia Binotto says in the conclusion.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has set the second fastest lap time of the morning session of testing day 3 – 1:30.486.

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