• Home
  • formula-1
  • Ferrari too slow in Spa: fast corners poison for Ferrari?

Ferrari too slow in Spa: fast corners poison for Ferrari?

Ferrari too slow in Spa
Subscriptions & booklets

N iki Lauda had worried in vain. The Austrian was concerned about the World Cup stand before the Belgian GP. Sebastian Vettel was only 42 points apart from world championship leader Lewis Hamilton. That's why he put pressure on the team in Brackley.

'The hound sneaks up on our drivers with consistent results. He's just always there. And then he benefits from our mistakes. That's why I told our boys, that we can no longer afford to make mistakes ', warned the three-time world champion.

In Spa, Vettel posted his first clear round. But the third place in the World Cup did not have the speed to challenge the Mercedes or benefit from their mistakes. If there had been any. Vettel was only in 3rd place thanks to his one-stop strategy. The German would probably have lost that to Romain Grosjean. Grosjeans tires were seven laps fresher.

Ferrari was 1.7 seconds short of Mercedes

Ferrari was not second behind Mercedes at Spa. The Silver Arrows were 1.7 seconds short of training. Vettel only came eighth on the grid with mistakes. 'With a perfect lap I might have made it two places up.'

That would still have made a Williams, a Lotus, a Force India and a Red Bull faster than Ferrari's number one. All four have made a significant leap forward in the last few weeks.

The Ferraris weren't much faster in the race either. Kimi Raikkonen drove a two-stop strategy like most of the field. With his fastest race lap of 1.54.517 minutes, the Finn only finished 9th.

Räikkönen mumbled after the race: 'The car felt good. The result doesn't match our speed. We have problems for ours paid in training. ' In his case it was a gearbox damage that banished him to 16th place on the grid.

Those looking for lap times provoke errors

The idea of ​​Ferrari was reminiscent of Silverstone. There, too, the Reds were at best third or fourth and lost 1.3 seconds on the Silver Arrows in training. Vettel only came third because he changed tires at the right time when it started to rain.

What are the similarities? Both are fast tracks with fast corners. The car obviously doesn't like this combination. The new front wing and the modifications also helpednothing on the rear wing. Ferrari unpacked the age-old side boxes that we last saw before the Spanish GP.

Vettel and Räikkönen placed 7th and 9th in the top speed ranking. That doesn't speak for the minimum Output package. In return, the split times in the curvy sector 2 were disappointing. Vettel ended up in training in eleventh place in this section in midfield. And that's exactly where there are Silverstone-like curves. Monza and Singapore should fit Ferrari better in terms of layout. But the next test is already waiting in Suzuka and Austin.

Race director Maurizio Arrivabene blamed the subtle presentation of his cars on the problems from training. 'If you're looking for lap time, you're causing problems. We paid for that in the end. But our team fought back brilliantly. This is the team I want. Seb fought like a lion and Kimi made up for his bad luck in training. That are the drivers I want. '


Leave a reply

Name *