Mattia Binotto says Ferrari is still seeking changes that will have a “significant effect” in improving the problems it has faced with its 2019 Formula 1 car.

The Scuderia is currently carrying out an investigation to get on top of its complex SF90 challenger, which is yet to win a race during the opening six rounds of the season, despite looking the car to beat throughout winter testing.

Team principal Binotto recently admitted the Italian squad may have gone down the wrong path for its 2019 concept, which differs greatly to the all-conquering Mercedes W10. The reigning world champion outfit is looking to make it seven wins from seven at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

“We know we’re not competitive enough right now and, for the time being we haven’t got any more changes coming on the car that will have a significant effect on the problems we have encountered since the start of the season,” Binotto said.

“However, the Canadian Grand Prix track characteristics present another different challenge, given that top speed, braking efficiency and traction are the main considerations.

“We arrive here ready to do our best and to put the mistakes of the last few races behind us.”

Despite its early season struggles, Ferrari has led the way in terms of straight-line speed, something which should boost its chances in Montreal at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve - a track largely dominated by straights.

Asked how he views Ferrari’s chances against Mercedes in Montreal, Binotto replied: “I think it's very difficult to judge.

“I think we will be in a better shape compared to Barcelona, but I think they've still got the best car and the strongest car at the moment.

“So I think they are still the ones that should be ahead but maybe the gap will be closer, if there's any opportunity we will be ready to take it.

“I think the entire team is very conscious of the situation and everybody is somehow even, let me say, proud to try to address the situation,” he added.

“I don't think it's a matter of keeping off the pressure. We are all focused on what we are doing, and there is really no time to look around and to hear around.

“I think we are all focused on what we are doing and nothing more.”

Mercedes is expected to be boosted with its first engine upgrade of the season in Canada, while Ferrari already introduced its latest power unit in Spain.

Ferrari trails Mercedes by 118 points in the constructors' championship, while Lewis Hamilton holds a 55-point buffer over Sebastian Vettel, the highest-ranked Ferrari driver. 



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