New team principal Maurizio Arrivabene’s repaired arm will not be the only new Ferrari component in Barcelona.
The Italian outfit insider Leo Turrini, said “70 percent” of the SF15-T car has been renewed for the first race of the European season, with only the front of the car to be recognisable.
“It’s a well-known fact that all the teams turn up for the first European race with practically new cars compared to what we saw in Bahrain,” confirmed Ferrari’s strategy chief Inaki Rueda ahead of Barcelona. At Ferrari, we believe in working together towards a single goal, with many enthousiastic people. We are highly motivated for Barcelona, marking the first race of the season in Europe”.
While conceding Ferrari is still not the fastest, a big push in development should get the team where they aim to be.
“We have set a very aggressive development plan. The car that we will run on Friday at Barcelona will be 70% different to the one that we raced in the first four races of the season. It will be almost a SF15-T bis, equal only in the nose. Waiting for the verdict of the chrono, we are confident it will be a significant improvement. We are of course not sure if it will be enough to beat Mercedes, as they will not have been sitting on their laurels either. Still, we want to make life as difficult as possible for them”.
Further updates are expected for the power unit at Canada as the team aims to use further development tokens to find more power.