Binotto: Ferrari will try but regular F1 titles could 'take a few years'

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Team boss Mattia Binotto has warned that it may "take a few years" before Ferrari can regularly win Formula 1 championships.

The Scuderia is currently on its second-longest stint without an F1 title as the 2008 Constructors' crown remains the most recent with Kimi Raikkonen still their last Drivers' champion in 2007.

In 2017 and 2018, early challenges to the domination of Mercedes faded away in the second half of the season and Binotto now conducting his own restructuring after taking over at the start of last year, he concedes the Tifosi might need to be patient.

“To open a winning cycle and to be in front of Mercedes in a stable way, it will still take a few years,” he was quoted by Motorsport Italy.

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“But I know that as Ferrari we always have a moral obligation to try every year. We, therefore, start with the goal of doing very well in 2020, we don’t start to finish second.

“However, if one has to say that he reaches that team maturity, that know-how, that sufficient and necessary running in all aspects to be dominant, it is fair to say that it is not done in two days.”

Interestingly, these comments come just a few days after Ferrari insider Leo Turrini reported engineers were unimpressed by the initial performance figures coming from the 2020 car in development.

And in another setback, it has emerged the building of a new simulator will not be over until the spring despite hopes to introduce it at the start of the year.

This means their decade-old system known as 'The Spider' will remain in service for a few more months at least.