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Ferrari chief designer Nikolas Tombazis says that they are sensibly hopeful about this season, and expect Ferrari can fight for victories and this season championship.

The Italian F1 squad made a stronger start comparatively rest of the season performance. After four races they are standing in third on the constructors standing with 77 points.

Tombazis also said Ferrari will introduce some updates for Spanish Grand Prix, bodywork, floor and wings.

“I think in general, the first results mean we can be reasonably optimistic about the rest of the season, with a sense that we can fight for wins and the championship,” said Nikolas Tombazis.

“However, if I was to score our overall performance, I would only give it a six out of 10 and that’s for two main reasons.

“One is that we are not yet quite where we want to be. In the first four grands prix, we were not really able to fight for pole position and that is one of our main objectives at the moment.

“Secondly, if you look at the actual results, even if it’s true we’ve had a win, which naturally we can be very pleased about, we have also had two very bad results where we scored very few points. However, I reiterate that overall we can be optimistic for the future.”

“I believe most of our competitors will have a significant number of updates in Spain, which is not surprising, as there was a reasonably long gap after the first four races,” he added.

“With any new component, the difficulty lies not so much in its development but in deciding whether or not it is working on track as well as we had hoped.

“Therefore, by Friday evening in Barcelona, our objective is to have a clear view on what we will take forward to use in the race, in the hope of seeing measurements taken from the wind tunnel confirmed on track.”


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