Scuderia Ferrari have revealed that they delayed work on their 2016 Formula 1 car in order to focus on their 2015 car, to try and take the fight to Mercedes in the final few rounds.
However, Ferrari president, Sergio Marchionne is confident the delay in development of their 2016-spec car would not have much of an impact to potentially fight for the World Championship with Mercedes.
Ferrari have been tipped by many to win the World Championship, and is one of the championship favorites going into the 2016 season.
“Maurizio will tell you we delayed some things to allow for the 2015 car to be finished,” He is quoted on Autosport
“Hopefully he will not bitch about this. We pushed the start of some of the work on the ’16 cars on the chassis, delayed it a bit.
“But we have had adequate time and adequate financial resources to do the right thing given the rules.
“So I’m confident we will give Mercedes a run for their money.
“We approached the 16 car with a very clear idea and very clear interpretation.
“It is incredibly unlikely that the car will not offer Mercedes a proper challenge.
“For me to determine whether it will win or not would be very gutsy.
“I have no excuses to give you this year, in the sense that we started developing the car at the proper time.”