(Motorsport-Total.com) – Although Ferrari misplaced to Max Verstappen for the fifth time in a row at Monza – and that too at house in Italy – the Scuderia nonetheless attracts plenty of braveness from the final European race. Because within the run-up, nobody anticipated it to be so aggressive.
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“After Spa we have been very frightened. There we have been very removed from Red Bull in qualifying and within the race,” says Charles Leclerc. Because the monitor has comparable traits, the identical was the concern for Monza, “however we labored laborious over the weekend and tried totally different instructions – and it was higher.”
Leclerc was capable of take pole place on Saturday and would most likely have received the race on Sunday, even when Red Bull nonetheless had a robust bundle. “The tempo was remarkably good and we mustn’t neglect that our automotive is probably not that appropriate for the monitor,” says Monegasque. “So it was a optimistic weekend.”
However, the actual fact is that there is not a lot left in Ferrari’s robust tempo in the beginning of the season. The Scuderia from Maranello has received simply two of the final 13 races – Red Bull the opposite eleven.
Pure performance is nonetheless there
However, most agree that the Reds may have received extra had it not been for numerous tactical errors, reliability points and driving errors. At least from Hungary, nevertheless, Red Bull appears to have run Ferrari by way of velocity.
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“Red Bull’s performance was higher than ours in the previous few races,” admitted staff boss Mattia Binotto. However, he additionally stresses that this doesn’t apply to qualifying, the place Ferrari often comes out on prime. “So the pure performance is nonetheless there,” says Binotto. “But within the race we’ve got issues with tire degradation. Red Bull is the most effective automotive there.”
“They have been capable of develop a automotive that had higher stability and higher tire degradation. We did not succeed,” mentioned the Italian. “We have to have a look at the explanations, as a result of we’ve got to take care of it – if not for this season, then actually for the subsequent one.”
What function does weight play?
It is identified that in the beginning of the season the Red Bull RB18 was nonetheless barely obese and due to this fact barely extra liable to understeer. But the Ferrari staff boss cannot say what distinction weight makes within the battle for the highest. “It’s laborious,” he says.
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“I do not know what they do and the place they’re by way of weight. I can solely learn rumors on the Internet, however nothing extra,” Binotto mentioned. “But in the event that they’re obese, there’s positively potential that offers you a direct performance benefit. But as soon as they hit the restrict, possibly that development is not attainable anymore.”
But it doesn’t matter what the event seems like: Ferrari may lose the 2022 season: Max Verstappen may already be world champion in Singapore with a 116-point lead, whereas Ferrari is at the moment 139 factors behind within the constructors’ world championship.