First three GPs 'definitely didn't go the way we wanted': Ferrari seek improvement in Baku

Ferrari say they need a strong performance at this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix after a disappointing start to the season.

Mercedes have scored one-twos in all three races and Sebastian Vettel is 29 points behind Lewis Hamilton.

There has also been controversy over use of team orders to favour Vettel.

“Off the back of three races that definitely didn’t go the way we wanted, this is another important moment for us,” team boss Mattia Binotto said.

“We have prepared for it very well, analysing all the data we have acquired up until now, looking at areas where we can improve and working on adapting the car’s set-up and the power unit management to the characteristics of the track.”

He added that Ferrari were introducing “a few updates as the first step in the development” of their car.

Ferrari were outpaced by Mercedes at the races in Australia and China but had a performance advantage at the second race in Bahrain.

The expectation is that the Baku street track may suit Ferrari’s car more than China’s Shanghai circuit.

Baku has characteristics more similar to Bahrain, with straights and short, slow corners, rather than the longer, sweeping bends more prevalent in China.

Ferrari have had an advantage over Mercedes on the straights so far this season and Baku has what is effectively the longest straight on the calendar – a 2.2km run from Turn 16 to the first corner, with four kinks that have corner numbers but which the cars take flat out.

In Bahrain, new Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc was on the way to a dominant maiden victory but was slowed by an engine problem in the closing laps, dropping to third.

This article is from the BBC Sport website / bbc.co.uk – First three GPs ‘definitely didn’t go the way we wanted’: Ferrari seek improvement in Baku