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Binotto says Ferrari will struggle in France

18th June 2019, 18:07 by Daniel McCarthy

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says his car is not suited to the rigours of the Paul Ricard circuit in the French Grand Prix.

The Scuderia car has been outpaced and outperformed by Mercedes this season and the team are still waiting for their first race win.

Sebastian Vettel crossed the line first at the Canadian Grand Prix last time out but was demoted to second after being handed a time penalty for an incident involving title leader and eventual race winner Lewis Hamilton.

While the SF90 package possesses a lot of straight-line speed, it has lacked downforce in the corners and the positive testing form has not transferred into races.

The next grand prix is at Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix and Binotto admits his car does not suit the circuit and they are trying to roll out upgrades to solve their pace issues.

"Paul Ricard was a tricky circuit for us last year and we know this kind of track isn't particularly favourable for our package," Binotto said.

"We will have a few small evolutions, elements that represent for us a useful step in defining the direction we will take in developing the car.

"What we will be bringing won't be the solution to our problems, but the technical feedback we get from these evolutions will be important for the next steps we take."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Daniel McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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