Connect with us

Uncategorized

Ferrari F1 analysis and reaction

Published

on

The past weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix definitely did not live up to expectations for Scuderia Ferrari. A fourth and eighth place in Saturday’s qualifying and the same result in the race on Sunday, with the drivers switching places, cannot be seen as a good result, but as Team Principal Stefano Domenicali commented at the time, one should not react in an emotional manner, but rather analyse the problems and put in place remedial action to fix them.

With this in mind, the engineers concentrated on two areas in particular at the usual Monday debrief: an evaluation of the true effect on the handling of the 150º Italia of all the updates brought to Spa and an investigation into the reasons that led to a higher performance drop than expected, once the Medium tyres were fitted. Clearly the changeable weather on Friday made the job of evaluating new technical components harder than usual, given that the track was only dry for two brief periods and that, even when slicks could be used, the track conditions changed very quickly.

In truth, the real test was carried out yesterday afternoon in the race and now all the data gathered will be studied very carefully in order to decide on the best choices to be made for the rest of the season. As for the performance of the car in the second part of the race, engineers will look at why the switch to the tyres marked with the white stripe failed to deliver a good enough pace. It’s true that previously, in the first part of the season, similar situations arose and the temperature yesterday definitely did not do any favours to the car that celebrates the anniversary of the Unification of Italy. It is now down to the engineers to find the best way of widening the useage window of the harder tyre. Otherwise, there is a high risk of struggling, with the car not delivering its true potential, as could be seen in qualifying and the race this weekend.

However, the last part of the race should not obscure some positive aspects which emerged yesterday, particularly the fact that, on the Soft tyre, the car is very competitive and was again able to run longer stints than our rivals without any noticeable drop in performance. It is unfortunate that the race was neutralised at a crucial moment, even after analysing how the race panned out in the cold light of day: if the Safety Car had not come out on track, second place was definitely within Fernando Alonso’s grasp, as the Spaniard delivered a magisterial performance yesterday, full of grit, determination and the will to win. Also regrettable is the fact that Felipe was robbed of an important fifth place, because of a puncture on lap 32.

Now there are ten days to prepare in the minutest detail for the round that is possibly closest to the hearts of all fans of the Prancing Horse, especially the Italian ones: the Italian Grand Prix takes place on 11 September at Monza. On the fastest track on the Championship calendar, there will naturally be a specific package designed to suit the characteristics of the famous circuit. Over the coming days, Fernando Alonso, who returned to Maranello last night with the team and Felipe Massa, will be working on the simulator to fine tune the set-up for the race that will bring the curtain down on the European part of the Formula 1 season. It would be fantastic to reprise last year’s Italian weekend, but one has to be realistic: doing so is possible, but it involves beating some very strong opposition.

After that, there will be a further six Grands Prix to run and therefore still time to achieve the results that the team and the fans would want. No one at Maranello is ignoring the true situation in the championship standings and they don’t have any intention of throwing in the towel, aware that any good that comes out of this year will above all be useful for the next one.

Source: Ferrari.com


All material and photos are copyrighted material and owned by their respective owners. Use or depiction of images or trademarks throughout this website is for illustrative and editorial purposes only.Images come courtesy of; ferrari.com, mclaren.com, forceindiaf1.com, redbull.com, mercedesgp.com, renaultf1.com, toyota, bmw-sauber, williamsf1, lotus, virgin, Daylife.com, getty Images/LAT and AP Photos.


http://www.formula1onlive.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F16 mins ago

Qualifying Analysis: 2018 F1 German Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel smashed the track record, to claim his maiden pole at the Hockenheim circuit, which is a half an...

2018 F115 mins ago

Ferrari can get first place tomorrow – Vettel

Ferrari qualified in pole position for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel. His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen will start...

2018 F150 mins ago

McLaren bring bigger upgrades to next few races – Alonso

Heavy rain throughout the morning meant neither driver posted a time in the final practice session at Hockenheim. Both drivers...

2018 F12 hours ago

Hamilton reveals Hockenheimring bump didn’t cause car failure

Troubled Lewis Hamilton forced out in the first qualifying session when his car broke down with a heat soak damage....

2018 F14 hours ago

Hamilton Out of German GP Qualifying

1ShareChampionship contender Lewis Hamilton disappointed again with another dark shadows roll over his championship hopes at the German GP after...

2018 F16 hours ago

Hamilton agrees £80m deal with Mercedes until 2020 F1

3Shares  Four-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton agreed a new contract with Mercedes this week, promising his future to the...

2018 F17 hours ago

Practice 3 Results: German Grand Prix

142Shares2018 German Grand Prix Practice 3 Results (FP3): Third free practice results and Timings (FP3) for the eleventh round of...

2018 F19 hours ago

Leclerc ready to jump at Ferrari race seat for 2019 F1

1ShareCharles Leclerc says he will not turn down the opportunity to drive for Ferrari in 2019. Some believe the Monaco-born...

2018 F111 hours ago

Lance Stroll not denying Force India move for 2019 F1

1ShareLance Stroll is being linked with a move to Force India. The Canadian has sounded frustrated with Williams’ situation recently,...

2018 F111 hours ago

Red Bull’s title chances dwindling – Verstappen

1ShareMax Verstappen admits Red Bull has taken a step backwards in its outside bid for the 2018 title. And he...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media