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French GP: Ferrari bringing ‘small evolutions’ in bid to close F1 gap

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Ferrari will have “a few small evolutions” on their car at the French GP as F1’s most-famous team look to break their 2019 duck.

But the Scuderia have also stressed that while the new additions will be key in defining their development direction, they also “won’t be the solution to our problems”.

Ferrari head into the season’s first double-header still looking for their first win after Sebastian Vettel’s contentious penalty in Canada saw Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton take another victory, a decision the team continue to challenge.

But the Italian outfit say they are ready to take the fight to the Silver Arrows again this weekend.

“Following Canada we definitely want to get back on track and go racing with our rivals once again,” said team boss Mattia Binotto.SORRY!The video you are trying to watch cannot be viewed from your current country or locationPLEASE TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEOSky F1’s Karun Chandhok & Jenson Button are at the SkyPad to reflect on the biggest moment from the Canadian GP – the Hamilton-Vettel incident

“In France we will have a few small evolutions, elements that represent for us a useful step in defining the direction we will take in developing the car.

“What we will be bringing won’t be the solution to our problems, but the technical feedback we get from these evolutions will be important for the next steps we take.”

The French circuit offers several long straights which should suit Ferrari’s engine, just like Montreal did, but also twisty sectors which the team have regularly struggled with this year, and which have prompted a rethink into their SF90 package.

Mercedes were by far the quickest team at Le Castellet last year.

“Paul Ricard has been a tricky circuit for us last year and we know that this kind of track isn’t particularly favourable for our package,” added Binotto. “But nothing is impossible so we will be ready to do our best.”

But Vettel, who clashed with Valtteri Bottas at Turn One in France last season, was more positive about his team’s chances.

“The circuit has long straights and low-speed corners, although there is a wider range of corner speeds there,” said the German. “Most of the corners have been resurfaced since last year

“Last year our race was compromised by the first lap incident but I think our car can have the pace to do quite well there.”

Sky Sports F1’s LIVE French GP schedule

Thursday, June 20
2pm: Drivers’ Press Conference
5pm: Welcome to the Weekend

Friday, June 21
9.45am: French GP Practice One build-up
10am: French GP Practice One
11.50am: F2 Practice
1.45pm: French GP Practice Two build-up
2pm: French GP Practice Two
3.50pm: F2 Qualifying
4.30pm: French GP: The Story So Far
5pm: F3 Qualifying

Saturday, June 22
9.30am: F3 Race One
10.45am: French GP Practice Three build-up
11am: French GP Practice Three
1pm: French GP Qualifying build-up
2pm: FRENCH GP QUALIFYING
3.35pm: F2 Race One
4.45pm: The F1 Show

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