Binotto: Ferrari won't have 'magic solution' in Canada
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says Mercedes will remain favourites for victory at the Canadian Grand Prix, despite the characteristics of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve perhaps playing more into the hands of the SF90 than recent tracks on the Formula 1 calendar.
With straight-line speed crucial in Montreal, the mighty Ferrari power unit may mask some of the aerodynamic flaws in the Scuderia's 2019 car.
That strength had been predicted to make Ferrari the dominant team this year, but Mercedes have won all six races so far, and Binotto says expecting the Scuderia to suddenly change that may not be wise.
"I don't think that Canada is the last race of the season," Binotto is quoted by Crash.net.
"I think we need to certainly improve ourselves race by race. We've got some programmes which have been launched back at Maranello to eventually address the issues we've seen in the last couple of races.
"I don't think that there will be any magic solution in Canada. The car is the one we've got here.
"But certainly it's a different track, different configuration, different compounds, different setup. The only thing we can do is to prepare ourselves to the best with the simulator work, with the setup preparation.
"I think it's very difficult to judge. I think we will be in a better shape compared to Barcelona, but I think they [Mercedes] have still got the best car and the strongest car at the moment.
"So I think they are still the ones that should be ahead. But maybe the gap will be closer.
"If there's any opportunity, we will be ready to take it."
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