Binotto set to miss Turkish Grand Prix, Ferrari to introduce a new engine in 2021

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According to reports, Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto is set to miss the forthcoming Turkish Grand Prix as he wants to remain with the team to oversee the development process at Maranello.

Following its dismal start to the season, Ferrari geared up its development programme at the Russian Grand Prix, introducing the first step of a four-stage upgrade package. The following rounds in Germany, Portugal and Italy saw the Maranello-based squad mount further new parts on its SF1000 with the results indicating that the team managed to improve its competitiveness.

While the team is adamant to make its 2020 car more competitive in the remaining races, it has already started working on its 2021 car that will need to undergo several key adjustments due to the changes to the Technical Regulations. The mechanical parts, the chassis will be carried over to 2021, but teams are free to work on the aerodynamics of their cars and changes to the regulations means that they need to rework the back of their machines including the diffuser, the back end of the floor and the rear brake ducts.

Team Principal Mattia Binotto is reported to have decided to skip the following round of the 2021 season, the Turkish Grand Prix that is set to take place on November 15. The Swiss-Italian is said to remain in the Maranello-based factory to oversee the multi-dimensional development programme that Ferrari is currently carrying out.

At last weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Binotto disclosed that his team is working on an entirely new engine for 2021 that is delivering promising results.

“We don’t have currently the best engine, that’s right. I think that next year we may have a completely new power unit, that’s per regulations.

“As Ferrari, we have invested a lot in the development of the power unit for 2021, furthermore for 2022. It’s true the engine is currently running on the dyno. I think that the feedback in terms of performance and reliability is very promising.

The Lausanne-born said that the results have been positive so far.“We’ve got as the question, dyno limitation, that’s down to us somehow to be efficient in the way we’re planning all the tests with the dyno, maybe be creative in the way we are approaching the testing but I think that even if we have got some limitations on dyno operations there’s still room for improvement.

"From what I can see today at the dyno, somewhat happy with the results,” he concluded.