Ferrari’s showing at the Canadian Grand Prix was less than ideal. Sebastien Vettel was forced to take a back-of-the-grid position after experiencing mechanical difficulties in qualifying and Kimi Raikonnen spun late in the race, failing to take the podium position away from Williams’ Valteri Bottas.
Now the team has its sights set on putting as much pressure on Mercedes as possible in Austria. According to Motorsport, the team will arrive at the Red Bull Ring this weekend with a mildly updated version of the S15T and a heavy focus on maximizing its abilities on the optional soft tyre compound.
“It is very important to put pressure on Mercedes,” said Ricardo Adami, race engineer for Sebastien Vettel. “We will try to have a very good reading of the tyres on Friday and try to prepare a good strategy for Sunday.
“(But) having said that, we need to focus on qualifying more than the race, to start at the front and then move with the super soft from there,” he added.
Ferrari noted it has new parts to bring to the track week after week, saying “development is going on at all races.” In Austria, the team says they are focused on improving the aero and chassis of the car, while they used engine tokens to make changes to the engine for the Canadian GP.