Ferrari boss Binotto 'satisfied' with pre-season testing
Ferrari have 'a range of work to do' says team principal Mattia Binotto despite a strong showing on the final day of Formula 1 pre-season testing.
Ferrari showed pace on the final day of pre-season testing and Binotto says that a change in the team's approach to testing has yielded strong results.
“I am satisfied with how these winter tests have gone, from the completed programme to the way the team has worked," said Binotto. "We approached these two test sessions in a very different way from last year, using the first three days to get to know our car in all the possible configurations."
Despite being pleased with the results, Binotto does not yet believe that his team are able to match Mercedes on outright single lap pace.
"Over the last two days, we have carried out race weekend simulations with Sebastian and Charles," continued Binotto. "I believe the performance over a dry lap isn’t yet where we want it to be – while the indications are relatively better when it comes to reliability and long runs too, albeit not yet positive enough.
"We will head back to Maranello with a huge amount of data to analyse in the knowledge that we have a range of work to do. But as a team we feel ready for the Australian Grand Prix, which will give us a clearer idea of where we stand.”
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