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Ferrari behind rivals as Vettel breaks down in F1 testing

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Vettel's Ferrari was the first car to break down of the entire fieldFerrari say they are lagging behind rivals Mercedes and Red Bull at the halfway point of pre-season testing.The admission from team boss Mattia Binotto came as Sebastian Vettel suffered the first mechanical failure of testing with an engine failure.Binotto said: "I am not as optimistic as last year so it means the others are faster than us at the moment.
"How much faster it's really difficult to judge. We will go through all the data."
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Vettel was 12th fastest overall after suffering an engine failure midway through the morning session that curtailed his running until the afternoon.Ferrari have focused on producing a car with more downforce this season after lagging behind Mercedes for much of 2019, in which they Italian team could win only three races.Asked if this year's Ferrari was a Mercedes-beater, Binotto said: "It's a very early stage to decide. I think Ferrari will be a (Mercedes) beater if you consider the overall of the season. Will Ferrari be a (Mercedes) beater already (at the first race) in Australia? Maybe not. "I've seen certainly Mercedes, and Red Bull, very fast in these first days. But I think we will assess the true performance only next week or in Australia. And that will be true performance to start the season with, knowing that 22 races are very long and everything may change."The second pre-season test is at the same track from 26-28 February.Binotto emphasised that Ferrari had changed their approach to pre-season testing after their strong form last year did not translate into a competitive car at the start of the season."We changed the approach to testing so we focused the first sessions on trying to map the car in various aero and mechanical configurations without really trying to optimise the set-up and look for overall performance," he said.
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"On the other side it is true that last year at this stage I was more optimistic because the lap time was easier to find."While if it is true we did not focus on set-up work or performance, it seems it is more difficult. The competitors apparently are very strong but we should not forget the story of last year and let's wait until next week and Australia to better understand the true picture."However, Binotto also admitted that Ferrari did not have any major upgrades planned for the car before the first race in Australia on 15 March."It will not differ much," said Binotto. "(No big upgrades) for Australia - but the potential is there so it's about optimising the current package and then developing it."Ferrari were not the only team to suffer reliability problems on Friday.Haas driver Kevin Magnussen had a light crash at Turn Eight when a wheel spacer failure led to a broken wheel and a puncture, which ended his running mid-afternoon.And Renault's Daniel Ricciardo, whose team-mate Esteban Ocon was third fastest on the day, stopped on track with just over an hour to go of the afternoon session.Fastest times, first pre-season test, day two:1 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:15.732 U2 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:16.516 U3 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Renault 1:17.102 S4 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:17.338 S5 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Alpha Tauri 1:17.427 S6 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo 1:17.469 S 7 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:17.636 H8 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Alpha Tauri 1:17.783 S 9 Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:18.154 H10 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:18.274 H11 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas 1:18.380 M12 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:18.384 M13 Lando Norris (GB) McLaren 1:18.454 M 14 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:18.856 H15 Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:19.004 M16 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas 1:19.708 HKey: U = ultra-soft tyre; S = soft tyre; M = medium tyre; H = hard tyre
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