Over the course of the 2022 season, the main difference that we’ve all come to know between Red Bull and Ferrari is the low drag which allows the former to have a straight-line speed advantage over their competitors.
However, a new low drag rear wing might have turned the tables for the Maranello team.
The rear wing has made its first appearance at the Miami Grand Prix, but it was not used there. Rather, it was run on a race weekend for the first time in Azerbaijan.
Binotto says the wing performed well and helped to improve the F1-75 both with the DRS open in qualifying, and with the wing in the normal configuration in the race. Hence, it is very likely that the Italian team will keep on using the new configuration at several coming races characterized by long straights and that favor a low drag set-up.
“With the new rear wing we have clearly reduced the gap to Red Bull in terms of speed,” said Binotto
“The speeds were very similar, so I believe they still have a small advantage but only negligible.”
“I think now what will make the difference is our strength in the corners and our drivers’ performance,” concluded the Italian team principal.
Even Red Bull’s boss Christian Horner feels that Ferrari have edged closer to Red Bull in terms of their straight-line speed.
Whilst Red Bull previously seemed to be much stronger on the straights than Ferrari, Horner thinks that the Scuderia's performance in Austria highlights the progress they have made in this area.
He is now curious to see whether they can carry this through into the next races on the calendar.
"I think they've certainly moved closer in terms of straight-line performance," Horner told media.
"But yeah, it's horses for courses. It'll be interesting [to see] at the next couple of venues how that plays out."