Ferrari are hopeful they can deliver a strong result at this weekend’s British Grand Prix as they believe the F138 will suit the high speed corners of Silverstone.
The team are currently second in the constructors’ championship, 56 points adrift of leaders Red Bull while Fernando Alonso is second in the drivers’, 36 behind leader Sebastian Vettel. Alonso’s team-mate Felipe Massa is seventh.
Alonso, who won the British Grand Prix in 2011, finished a strong second in Canada and Massa scored a battling eighth but both were hampered by a lack of pace in qualifying, something team principal Stefano Domenicali says the team are working hard to address.
“We are doing everything we can to start from pole position,” said Domenicali in a web chat with Ferrari fans. “If we can fulfil this mission everything will become easier.
“The drivers up to now have had a very good season, even if I always evaluate their performance together with the team’s.”
Massa, who has scored just podium this season with third in Spain, is confident his car will work well at Silverstone as it’s a similar circuit to that in Barcelona and Shanghai where Alonso won this year.
“I believe our car can work well at this race, as that seemed to be the case in China and Barcelona, and Silverstone follows that same direction in terms of circuit characteristics,” said Massa, who has never finished on the podium at Silverstone.
“It’s an old-style track with high speed corners, which should suit the F138, so I expect to have a good weekend. Naturally, I’m looking to score points and hoping to finish on the podium.”
Like most teams, Ferrari will have a series of upgrades for Silverstone.
“We have spent a lot of time analysing data from the last few races, from the aero side to looking at tyre performance, trying to put together the best possible package for Silverstone,” said technical director Pat Fry.
“We’ve got a few upgrades coming through for this weekend and we have to ensure we are well prepared to run them. We have been studying data from the wind tunnel to assess what is the best set-up for the car for this circuit using the new parts that are coming through the system now.
“The last two races in Monaco and Montreal took place on tracks that are quite different to normal circuits. While Monaco is unique and Montreal is similar to Bahrain with a premium placed on traction, Silverstone is more about high speed corners that flow together, so if we want to make a comparison it has more in common with Barcelona.”