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Mattia Binotto

Ferrari straight-line speed no longer a disadvantage

There is reason for optimism at Ferrari as team principal Mattia Binotto believes the team have improved their straight-line speed enough to the point that it no longer hinders them.

Ferrari had an awful 2020 F1 campaign as their car suffered due to a poor power unit, but Mattia Binotto believes the team have worked fixed those problems after running the car in Bahrain.

The team have been adamant in recent weeks that work over the winter has been encouraging, however they would know for sure once the SF21 hit the track. Now with testing in Bahrain drawing to a close, Binotto has stated there are noticeable improvements compared to last season.

"When we were here last year in Bahrain for the race and qualifying, we were slow on the straights and we didn't enter into Q3 and were distant from pole," he told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media.

"Now if I look at the answers at least in terms of the speed on the straights, it is alright and we don't have as much of a disadvantage as it was last year. We know it isn't only a question of power, but also the drag of the car as we often said last year. We feel it's no longer a disadvantage.


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