Ferrari: Turkish Grand Prix “Won’t Be an Easy Weekend” for Us

Published 11/12/2020, 1:42 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – November 1, 2020 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race Pool via Reuters/Davide Gennari


Ferrari have had a really difficult season this year. The power unit of the SF1000 has lost its edge, and the car has been unable to perform to its expectations.

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Charles Leclerc began the season with Ferrari on the podium next year. However, the Monegasque admitted that they weren’t expecting such a finish. He could not hide his surprise at Ferrari’s performance as he found himself at P9 after finishing Free Practice 2.

Ferrari have had a downhill season since Austria. Looking forward to the Turkish Grand Prix, Laurent Mekies believes that it will be a rough weekend for them.

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The Ferrari Sporting Director said, “Looking at the track characteristics, it won’t be an easy weekend for us.”

However, he believes that Ferrari could finish in the top 5. He clarifies that their aim is to make progress and reduce the gap in the constructors’ championship.

“Nevertheless, the pecking order behind the top three drivers is always very close as it has been all season and the slightest thing can make the difference between fighting for a place on the second row or not making it to Q2,” added Mekies.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – October 31, 2020 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The Ferrari season so far

Team boss Mattia Binotto admitted that the FIA regulation had a significant impact on Ferrari’s engines. He said, “Certainly as Ferrari we had to adapt, and as a simple output of that we lost some of the performance we had.”

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Things went bad from worse in the Belgian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel were eliminated from Q2. The pair started at P13 and P14, respectively.

However, Ferrari hopes to redeem themselves next season. They have decided to make changes to the rear of the car. “We think that this is the area that will allow more room for development between chassis and aerodynamics for 2021,” remarked Simone Resta, Chassis engineer.

Meanwhile, the Italian giants are struggling this season. They are currently at the bottom of the mid-field standing at P6 with 103 points. They have 32 points deficit on Renault standing at P3.  Ferrari will look forward to closing gaps at the Turkish GP and climb the leaderboard.

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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