Ferrari will head to Sebastian Vettel’s home race with “a bit bitter” updates than their Russian GP packages, says Charles Leclerc.
Ferrari recorded its best result in recent weeks at the Sochi circuit with Leclerc P6 on the day.
The Scuderia took a few new parts to Russia including rear wing endplates, a new nose cape and turning vanes.
The updates, though, were small. Not so for Germany.
Leclerc says while his SF1000 didn’t feel much different in Russia, he is expecting a change for the Eifel GP as the Scuderia will be introducing “bigger” upgrades.
“Driving-wise, it’s not like we felt a big difference,” the Monégasque told Autosport.
“But the data says that it’s a small gain, which is what we expected, so this is already positive.
“Now I’m looking forward to the next race where normally we’ll have something a bit bigger.”
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But while Leclerc says the new parts for the Nurburgring will be “bigger”, team boss Mattia Binotto has downplayed it.
According to the Italian, it is nothing “major”, just another step towards improving the SF1000.
“As Charles said, we have a few more upgrades in Nurburgring, but again not major,” Binotto said.
“Still for us, I think [they are] important considering the level of competitiveness.
“Then we’ll focus mainly on the diffuser for the remaining part of the season, but by when, it’s not yet defined.”
Binotto added that Leclerc’s improving showing at Sochi was down more to the nature of the track and then Ferrari’s car.
“I don’t think it’s down to the upgrades,” Binotto said.
“Certainly they helped, but that’s not the reason. As Charles said, I think we’ve got a better balance here, and with [the] track characteristics.
“Let’s hope that we found some competitiveness again that gives the opportunity to the drivers to at least compete for a better position in the future.”
Ferrari remains sixth in this year’s Constructors’ Championship with 74 points, 25 behind Renault.
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