Despite a recent dip in form, Scuderia Ferrari is staying vigilant. The race team will bring aerodynamic upgrades for its SF16-H to the Malaysian Grand Prix as it attempts to salvage second place from Red Bull in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship.
According to Motorsport, Ferrari will bring aerodynamic upgrades aimed at improving cooling at the humid Malaysia circuit and also increasing downforce. The 2015 Malaysian GP, which was won by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, was extremely hot, with track temperatures reaching 142 °F.
Red Bull has removed Ferrari from second place in the constructors’ championship with a series of with a series of strong finishes that begun with Max Verstappen’s win at the Spanish Grand Prix in May. The Italian team currently trails Red Bull 15 points with six races left in the season.
Following the Singapore Grand Prix last week, Vettel expressed his confidence in Ferrari’s current package and said the team will continue to improve its car and fight for podium positions for the remainder of the season.
“I think if we get everything right [it can happen],” Vettel told Motorsport. “We know we have a strong package for sure.
“I think we believe in ourselves. For sure we are not entirely where we want to be in terms of raw pace, sometimes better or sometimes worse, but at tracks like Singapore it is generally more close.
“We expected to be competitive, and then there is always a chance to win or fight for a solid podium. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out for both of us.
“But we have confidence. There are some bits coming still. We are here to fight and that is what we are going to do.”