Ferrari keen to validate latest SF90 updates in Russia


Ferrari's current strong pace relative to its rivals may well improve even more thanks to another series of updates planned by the Italian outfit in Russia.

The Scuderia has been on a roll since the end of F1's summer break with back-to-back wins in Spa and Monza, courtesy of Charles Leclerc, and a hat-trick concluded in Singapore thanks to Sebastian Vettel.

Ferrari's performance at Marina Bay where it trounced its Mercedes and Red Bull rivals on merit was as clear cut as it was unexpected, and validated the outstanding work and progress of Maranello's engine and chassis departments.

From the twisty street of Singapore, F1 moves on to Sochi's 5.8-kilometer, 18-turn Autodrom that also includes a long flat-out, first sector stretch that should play right to the strengths of Ferrari's SF90. Can the Italian outfit make it four in a row next weekend?

"After taking three wins in a row, we are keen to get to Russia to see and check how our latest updates will work on what is yet again a different type of track," said Scuderia boss Mattia Binotto.

"Sochi features long straights and a very smooth surface where, once again it is not that easy to get the most out of the tyres.

"The circuit also requires a completely different set-up and aero configuration to that for Singapore. Having a well-balanced car will be a key factor," insisted Binotto.

"The forecast for Sochi is for changeable weather, so it will be important to be prepared for every eventuality."

Charles Leclerc is just as eager as his team boss to get back on track after the team's successful but eventful Singapore weekend.

"The Sochi circuit can be challenging, featuring a combination of high speed straights and lots of corners, especially in the last sector," said the Monegasque.

"I look forward to getting back in the car on Friday to see how it goes at this circuit and time will tell whether we can be as strong here as we have been lately."

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