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What's wrong with Ferrari ?: regression, stagnation, slip?

What's wrong with Ferrari?
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D this was real damage limitation. Sebastian Vettel finished third with a car that wasn't good enough for the podium. Ferrari took a step back at Silverstone. 1.1 seconds behind in practice, 25.4 seconds in the race. Only in the rain did the red cars show a decent shape. Vettel lost just 1.1 seconds to Hamilton in the last nine laps. Race director Maurizio Arrivabene said self-critically: 'We had a great driver and a great strategy today. But we also need a great car.'

That was missing on the Silverstone aerodynamic circuit. Like Kimi Raikkonen, Arrivabene blamed it on the characteristics of the track and the circumstances. 'We wrote the same story in Barcelona. This type of track doesn't suit our car.' The boss's assignment to his engineers: 'Don't worry about the car's strengths, but about its weaknesses.'

Biggest backlog since Melbourne

The scissors to Mercedes opened. With 1.1 seconds in practice, it was as big as it was at the season opener in Australia. Ferrari sacrificed top speed for downforce and then complained: 'We were too slow on the straight and didn't get enough back in the corners for that.' In training, Vettel was missing 6 km /h on the Mercedes and 4 km /h on Williams. Even so, the competition was faster in Sector 2, which extends from Luffield to Chapel and includes all of the fast corners. Mercedes at five tenths, Williams at two.

The weather was gracious with Ferrari. It opened the door to Vettel's sixth podium this year. 'But we mustn't fool ourselves,' said Arrivabene. 'Williams was better than us on the dry track.' And not just for one lap, which has happened once in a while this season. Williams beat the Ferrari in their domain, the race. On lap 35, just before the first raindrops fell, Valtteri Bottas was 13 seconds ahead of Kimi Räikkönen.

Ferrari's expansion stage does not ignite

The type of track is no excuse in this case. In Barcelona, ​​Ferrari ended up well ahead of Williams. Four races later, the order was reversed. Which suggests that Williams developed his car better than Ferrari did the SF15-T. And Mercedes pulled away again with the engine. Without the use of development tokens. In fact, Williams got his upgrade fromAustria reworked again. And made real progress with it. The cars are now slower on the straights, but faster in the corners. That speaks for more downforce.

Ferrari also came to Silverstone with an expansion stage. However, without achieving much effect. Arrivabene tried to downplay the modifications to the front wing, the brake ventilation and the diffuser as a triviality. But measured against some other teams, it was a decent development step. 'Our policy is a constant development in every race this year. We don't bring large packages because we want to understand every single step,' contradicted the boss.

At Ferrari, it was assumed in advance that the car should feel comfortable in the fast corners. Raikkonen then brought the strong wind into play to explain why this was not the case. Vettel had another explanation as to why the gap has widened: 'We assessed ourselves stronger and didn't expect Williams to be so strong. Not in training, and not in the race. It's true that we were further behind than usual. Still, I don't think so that we have taken a step backwards. I see it more like this: We didn't find the right direction with the vote. And the others have improved. ' From this one can conclude: Ferrari has not yet properly understood its upgrade.


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