Ferrari has endured a difficult start to the 2020 Formula 1 season, but what exactly has gone wrong?
A lack of performance with its SF1000 car has left the team struggling for pace at the opening three rounds of the season, with the Scuderia slumping to fifth place in the constructors’ championship standings.
The Italian outfit has been forced to make a major redesign of its 2020 car as a result of flaws discovered since it ran for the first time during pre-season testing at Barcelona in February.
But a revised upgrade package has so far failed to provide the desired results and Ferrari is still working to understand its concept after taking the wrong aerodynamic direction over the winter.
Ferrari’s struggles have resulted in chairman John Elkann admitting that the team cannot expect to be competitive in F1 before a major regulation change coming in 2022.
“This year we are not competitive because of car design errors,” Elkann said.
“We have had a series of structural weaknesses that have existed for some time in the aerodynamics and dynamics of the vehicle. We have also lost in engine power.
“The reality is that our car is not competitive. You saw it on the track and you will see it again.
“Today we are laying the foundations for being competitive and returning to winning when the rules change in 2022. I am convinced of it.”
In our second instalment of ‘Off The Grid’, our brand new bi-weekly chat show, we are joined by F1 journalists Chris Medland and Kate Walker to discuss what has gone wrong at Maranello, along with the other big topics in the world of F1 ahead of the British Grand Prix.
Watch the latest episode below…