Ferrari technical director Pat Fry says that the Italian team has to come up with bigger innovations in the winter rather than rely on ongoing development in its quest to improve performance.
“If you look at the rate at which all the teams develop through the year, Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes, their actual development rate though the season is very, very similar,” said Fry.
“Obviously you bring different packages to different races, but if you average it out, we all sort of develop at the same sort of performance rate. So you have to be creative, and make the bigger steps in the winter period. Red Bull have done a very good job, we need to do a better one. We need to create the environment where we can make a bigger step.”
Although there has already been talking about when teams might give up on a title challenge and start to focus R&D efforts on their 2012 cars, Fry says that Ferrari intends to carry on with the current model.
“In reality as there’s not a big rule change [for 2012] we can carry on developing this car all the way through. We’re learning different techniques. The only thing that won’t carry over is anything we learn from the exhaust system and blowing the floor. We will develop things on this car all the way through to the end of the year, because it’s improving our understanding for next year.”