Ferrari sees light at the end of the tunnel and development does not stop
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Monza He lifted Ferrari’s spirits despite the fact that victory at the Italian track ended up being awarded by Max Verstappen after Charles Leclerc’s brilliant pole position.
Mattia Binotto painted a panorama of positivism in the Maranello team after the Italian GP, hoping that the respite provided by the cancellation of the Russian GP, which means that at the moment we have two weekends without Formula 1, will allow Ferrari to analyze the data and draw conclusions that restore ambition to the team.
“Having more rest days will allow us to better prepare for the next races. The result in Monza, beyond the result, has made us see that after four painful appointments we are on the way to healing”.
“Leclerc’s pole position and Carlos Sainz’s third fastest time show that in qualifying you can always fight for pole position, while in the race tire degradation continues to be our big weakness. We will work on this aspect to improve ourselves, because the season will not be over yet and we will continue to fight for the victories“.
In Maranello they want to regain the performance that disappeared after the Austrian Grand Prix and they hope that the Singapore event is the right moment for that, because Marina Bay is the track that best matches the characteristics of F1- 75.
Looking instead at the last events of the calendar, the races at Suzuka and Austin seem more favorable to the RB18, while in the last three they could fight for victory.
But, what is the origin of this renewed emotion at Ferrari? Thanks to the data gathered at Monza, the engineers have not closed the development of the latest evolution of the flat bottom which was created at Paul Ricard and which apparently had a detrimental impact on the management of the tires of the red car.
In the Italian team, it was suspected that the various openings of the Venturi ducts placed under the new floor slowed down a growth that had been constant throughout the course.
The first suspicions and the voice of alarm came after four races in which Ferrari showed excessive suffering in terms of tire degradation, compared to the rest of the season so far and also compared to its rivals.
Red Bull improved in this direction, as did Mercedes, while those at Maranello seemed to have taken a step back. The test carried out by Carlos Sainz in FP1 at Monza with the two different funds, the old and the new, offered precise results.
The latest version isn’t badly designed and it’s definitely a step up compared to the old one. Maybe not as big a jump in performance as expected, at least compared to the RB18, but showed no faults.
Additionally, Ferrari has found three different data that were correlative: the opinion of the Spanish driver, the return of the stopwatches with the same track conditions and the subsequent confirmation of the simulations. So from there, the engineers’ attention turned to balance.
The Italian car has narrower tire operating window at the beginning of the year and the deterioration is accentuated as certain parameters change. Between Friday’s free practice and the race, there was a fairly noticeable increase in the temperature of the asphalt and this made the rear tires suffer more.
Consequently, the degradation increased and it became clear that ferrari got it wrong when looking for a implement to deliver the highest possible top speeds at Monza. A few degrees of difference on the track was enough for the car to behave differently.
Carlos Sainz’s pace with the last set of softs and an empty car was also lower than in the simulations, another sign that they still have to work a lot harder to find their way back to success.
What Singapore represents for Ferrari is a great opportunity: the Marina Bay street circuit is perfectly suited to the traction and acceleration characteristics.
While the Scuderia is still working on some developments to try to fill the gap with those of Milton Keynes: the green light to continue the development of the F1-75 It happened after the Italian GP and now Ferrari really wants to take a hit…
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