Ferrari: Friday dominance “misleading” due to engine modes

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After a disappointing season opener in Australia, Ferrari bounced back in Bahrain as Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc comfortably topped the two practice sessions on Friday.

But while the SF90’s pace looked impressive, team principal Mattia Binotto remains cautious – as he revealed that Ferrari used more powerful engine settings than its rivals.

“I think the delta you may see to the others is not too significant, and I think tomorrow it will certainly be a more tough battle,” he explained. “The others will be very strong tomorrow.

“I think it is quite obvious, and you may see the GPS data and from the speed on the straights, we were certainly pushing different engine modes compared to what the others were doing today. So I am expecting a very tough battle tomorrow.”


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