While the Maranello team and its biggest formula1 competitor were fairly closely matched for much of the season, Red Bull has recently been in dominant form, with Max Verstappen winning the previous five races despite only starting from pole once.
Following another defeat to Red Bull in last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari says it is analysing data to better understand where things have changed over the last few races.
Ferrari is falling behind on the formula 1 standings.
It had Carlos Sainz to test an old floor during Friday practise at Monza to check if recent development routes with its F1-75 have pushed it in a direction that is affecting car balance.
While the team hopes to deliver some modifications later this season, possibly with new wings and a redesigned floor at the Singapore Grand Prix, its president Mattia Binotto believes it is vital that it determines why it cannot compete with Red Bull in tyre life right now.
Binotto believes the trend shifted for his team during the Hungarian Grand Prix, when key contender Charles Leclerc struggled to cope with what Verstappen was unable to unleash.
“I think we do not only look back at the previous two [races] but the last three because I would include as well Hungary,” he explained.
“In the last races, I think that the performance of the Red Bull has been better than ours. Not in qualifying, because I see that in quali we have still got a good pace – so let me say the pure performance is still there.
“But then with the race pace, we are suffering tyre degradation. In that respect, I think the Red Bull is a better car, so they’ve been capable of developing that car for a better balance that we didn’t.
“The reason? I think it is something that we are looking at, because we need to address it. If not for this season, certainly for the next one.”
Speaking at Monza last weekend, Binotto suggested that the tyre degradation on the Ferrari was being triggered by a far from optimum car balance which was generating too much sliding – and therefore temperature – in the tyres.
“If we look back at the last races, where in terms of tyre degradation we have not been the best, we certainly had issues with the car balance,” he explained.
“Having an open balance, medium-high speed to low-speed corners, generated overheating into the tyres themselves, which somehow then brings to the degradation. So, we know that the car balance was not the right one.
“The reason of the poor car balance was due to aero developments that brought us there. It was a question mark for us.”