Ferrari continues to struggle due to a lack of performance from its tires in hot conditions, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has revealed to Motorsport.com.
Both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen showed promise during Sunday’s 2016 Mexican Grand Prix with good pace, but their hopes at challenging Mercedes were squandered by a poor qualifying session.
Following an investigation, the team concluded it began having issues with tire performance as the track temperatures increased, a problem it has run into at other hot weather tracks this year.
“It is the endemic problem that we have all year long,” Arrivabene said.
“You remember in Baku, Spain and Monaco – when the temperature is going up to the sky, normally we are going to have problems.
“We are making an analysis on that and now it is quite clear the reason why – so we are working on that.”
Formula 1 heads to Interlagos next for the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix – another hot weather circuit. Ferrari has chosen a less aggressive tire strategy than Mercedes and Red Bull for Brazil, taking less soft tires and more mediums and hards.