Ferrari admits: more difficult than expected
Now that this topic is off the table, let’s take another look at Ferrari. Regarding the debacle, sports director Laurent Mekies explains: “We knew it was going to be difficult, but it was more difficult than expected. Our deficit is difficult to understand. We have to analyze it very carefully, and we are going to tackle it now. If it does hopefully we’ll know what to do. “
“We don’t want to pretend. The race is the race. A long race, 71 races. We can change a few little things. And the field is very close together. Apart from Mercedes. But behind it it will be a tough fight Charles and Sebastian very well. We hope that the temperatures for the race trim will suit us. But it will be difficult, “said Mekies.
That’s it for today!
With this we turn the ticker for today too. The last words belong to the man who will start from Pole tomorrow 😉 Have a nice evening, sleep off and see you tomorrow!
The Ferrari debacle in numbers
We have already discussed that Ferrari and the two customer teams were significantly slower than in Spielberg in 2019. With this graphic, Formula 1 kindly provides us with the numbers. A pretty brutal crash – especially if you look at the fact that almost all other teams have (clearly) gained!
“Podium” in Formula 2
Incidentally, there was a slightly different process in Formula 2 than in Formula 3. There the “replacement podium” (see previous entry) did not take place in the Parc Ferme but directly on the home straight, as you can see in this video at the end. We assume that it will also be there tomorrow after the Formula 1 race.
Williams: Moving into Q2 could have worked
Among other things, George Russell beat both Alfa drivers in Williams today. The Brit reveals: “With a perfect slipstream it would have been [mit dem Einzug in Q2] can work. In the session before, Alex gave me a perfect slipstream. So overall I was faster on the lap, but two tenths were missing on the straights. “
“Honestly: I never expected that we would be so competitive,” said Russell, satisfied and added: “It feels good not to be 19th! We already knew that we were taking a step forward but I thought we would still be on the back row. ” A positive surprise next to McLaren as well as for the other traditional team.
Bitter Kimi conclusion: “Far from being where we want to be”
From winner McLaren to loser Alfa Romeo. Places 18 and 19 are – just like with engine partner Ferrari – a disaster. Kimi Raikkonen knows that too, and explains: “After the training sessions, it was clear to us that it was not going to be an easy day. But that’s where we stand. We have to make the car faster. We’re not as good as last year. It’s that first race. We’re nowhere near where we want to be. But that’s the reality. ” And it hurts a lot.
McLaren: Seidl didn’t even expect Q3!
The fourth place for Lando Norris came as a surprising surprise for the team boss! He reveals: “After Friday, we actually assumed that it could be tight to get into Q3 because the field is so close together.” This is one of the reasons why he continues to be reserved. “I would be happy if we could take good points with us. That would be a good basis for the next races,” said Seidl modestly.
“On Friday we saw that some of the cars around us and behind us can run at a very fast pace. We cannot take off. We know where our weaknesses are and we also know that we have to deliver in the race first. […] And Racing Point and Ferrari will certainly be strong in the race, “he predicts. There is an extra praise for Norris.
“It was a brilliant round of his. Especially after he had to cancel the first Q3 run because of a sensor problem that we had to fix. But not even that got him out of rhythm. He was calm and relaxed. That shows that he made a good step over the winter. Together with the engineers he prepared well for the season and also made a good step as a personality, “says Seidl.
Pole lap in the video
At least today Mercedes could not be beat. Appropriately, here is the pole lap by Valtteri Bottas again in the video:
Different tires: tension factor on Sunday?
Red Bulls chief engineer Paul Monaghan explains regarding the topic: “The C4 [Soft] lost quite a bit on Friday. The yellow tire seems a bit more durable. And if the weather forecast is right, tomorrow will be even warmer than today. Which makes it even more difficult for the C4 to survive well. So we tried to choose a better tire for the first stint. “
“If the C4 comes in, we’ll be on the C3 with Max [Medium]. Should it happen the other way round, we are with Alex on the C4. We have all options. And it’s always good to be two positions behind the pole, if at least you’re not on the same tire, “says Monaghan. For Andrew Shovlin from Mercedes, on the other hand, the medium tire was” not really “an option.
“We talked about it and we understand why Red Bull does it. They probably thought we were ahead based on Friday’s dates. And if you start behind, it is sometimes better to go with the alternative strategy. But we are in an unusual situation because all three tires work really well here. They are very similar to one another, “he emphasizes.
“The big difference is: the harder the tire, the longer the lifespan. What you might try: If we come to the pits and have to change, you may stay out longer and go to offset to get fresher towards the end of the race Having tires and maybe being able to overtake, “said Shovlin. Let’s hope it gets exciting!
The full rationale in the wording …
… Is there … here.
Hamilton indicated that in curve 5 he passed a green light signal next to the track. The onboard recordings show that yellow and green signals were shown at the same time and the driver could therefore see contradicting signals. In view of this, the Commissioners have decided to refrain from further measures.
By the way, there was a punishment for his other offense. Since Hamilton was indeed deleted a lap time. But that doesn’t matter because this first lap in Q3 was slower than his second anyway. This does not change the result.
Yellow flags: no penalty against Hamilton!
The result is there: No further action – no penalty for Hamilton! More on that in a moment.
This picture causes trouble
A picture spreading on social media today shows Sebastian Vettel talking to Helmut Marko and Christian Horner. The problem: No mask is worn and the safety distance is not maintained. Of course that is not possible! That’s why there is now trouble for Red Bull and Ferrari, according to colleague Jennie Gow from the ‘BBC’. The FIA COVID-19 delegate will once again explicitly advise both teams to respect the Corona measures. Both teams do not have to expect a penalty.
Wolff: No longer interested in Ferrari discussions
Let’s stay with the topic. Toto Wolff found quite clear words about this in his (online) media group. “I don’t want to say anything more about this. I think enough has been said about it. I don’t want to talk about Ferrari,” said Wolff. Team boss Binotto in particular gets it pretty bad. One question is about Ferrari talking down the (more than obvious) setbacks compared to 2019.
“They don’t talk it small – Mattia did it. I can’t listen to it anymore,” he waves off. Another example: Wolff is asked whether he would cheer up Binotto tonight – given the poor sporting performance. “I would like to cheer everyone up at Ferrari because they are a fantastic company with fantastic people. But I have no reason to cheer Mattia up.” Peng!
Dramatic Ferrari slump
And I don’t just mean the factory team. The customer teams Alfa Romeo and Haas were also nowhere in the world. All three teams were significantly slower than in Spielberg in 2019. Of course, the assumption is very obvious that this has something to do with the drive. “Ask Ferrari,” replies Haas driver Grosjean when asked about it. It is also difficult to compare different years with each other.
Nevertheless, the Frenchman admits: “Overall, everyone is [Teams mit] Ferrari power unit fell a bit behind in qualifying – or the others have improved. But I think we had an advantage last year that we no longer seem to have. “Again, remember: Ferrari continues to emphasize that it did not cheat on the engine in 2019.
Everyone should draw their own conclusions from the fact that they are now significantly slower in 2020.
Bottas: Car “disassembled” shortly before qualifying
Andrew Shovlin reveals: “The third practice session went relatively well, but shortly before qualifying we had to replace a wiring harness on the Valtteris Auto transmission. It is always a little worrying when the car is broken down into parts shortly before qualifying. But the mechanics did a fantastic job and we were ready to start qualifying. ” And in the end, it even went to pole. The investigation against Hamilton will then clarify whether or not there will be a complete first Mercedes starting row on Sunday …
Wolff: That is why the strategy was not split
We want to use the waiting time to resolve another topic of the day. Why didn’t Mercedes put one of the two drivers on the medium tires in Q2? Wolff reveals: “We have also considered such a strategy, but there is a risk of losing time at the start. We still believe that a one-stop strategy is possible here, so the harder tire is not necessarily an advantage . “
“Since Verstappen lacked a bit of pace on a fast lap, it was the right decision for him to use medium tires in Q2. Much higher temperatures are predicted for tomorrow, which will not make the task easier tomorrow we hope for a strong reliability and that our pace is good enough to stay ahead. I’m looking forward to the fight, “said Wolff.