“What’s attention-grabbing is that the form curve modifications all through the season,” says Jock Clear, Ferrari’s chief engineer. However, from his standpoint, it isn’t good: Ferrari can solely partially clarify how the outcomes of the previous couple of weeks have been. More importantly, the sometimes-extreme hole between Red Bull and Max Verstappen nonetheless fascinates the standard Formula 1 staff.
A doable clarification for that is that Ferrari could have made a mistake within the improvement of the F1-75 and should have chosen the fallacious path. But Clear vehemently denies this thesis, though his staff used an earlier model of it throughout Friday’s coaching session at Monza.
There was little doubt that the brand new growth part was actually higher, however solely needed to gather “reference information” to realize new technical information, insists Clear’s chief engineer. Because his staff had “a number of query marks.”
“We needed to double-check it as a result of it is all about the main points. It was factor for our confidence. We knew what we needed to know, after which it went proper again to the brand new hull, which is the most suitable choice now we have for the time being.” he explains.
Verstappen beats Ferrari – could possibly be world champion in Singapore
And: “We by no means thought [auf die alte Version] swap again,” says Clear. “Because the numbers say this: the current bundle is working because it ought to.”
But it isn’t sufficient towards Red Bull and Verstappen, who has received the final 5 races and is thus clearly forward of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc within the Formula 1 drivers’ rankings. For now, Verstappen will mathematically win the world title on the upcoming Grand Prix in Singapore.
Ferrari, alternatively, has to chew on tire efficiency, amongst different issues. “There’s no drawback with tire put on,” says Clear. “There have been solely races the place the tire put on was not good. But there have been additionally races the place we seemed actually good.” For instance, Spielberg’s Austrian Grand Prix, Ferrari’s final victory this yr.
Ferrari is trying to find the “thinker’s stone” at the hours of darkness.
In Hungary or the Netherlands, alternatively, Ferrari did not look as robust, and in keeping with Clear, it did not appear to have the ability to obtain “the very effective stability it’s important to create” there. Or Belgium, the place Ferrari did not stand an opportunity towards Red Bull and “comparatively [zu Red Bull] misplaced quite a lot of momentum,” Clear mentioned.
Those query marks nonetheless stay: “We’re testing all the things to see precisely what Red Bull may have finished in another way in latest races and what gave them the sting. But if we knew that, we would have discovered the thinker’s stone. Because that type of factor is difficult to seek out.”
“Ask the groups which have been actually good within the race or the groups which have fallen behind within the race. [Die individuelle Form von einem Rennen zum nächsten] an actual thriller to unravel. So it isn’t simple, but it surely’s very attention-grabbing for us and also you.”
According to Clear, Ferrari “does not have all of the solutions” to its open questions and, above all, “nonetheless does not perceive” the form at Spa. “But now we have a number of approaches and are engaged on them. Maybe we’ll have extra insights later within the yr. We’re at all times studying.”
Even Ferrari’s “Monza Package” will not ignite
“But no person is aware of all the main points as a result of it is a relative sport and also you by no means know what different persons are doing, so there are quite a lot of areas the place it’s important to guess,” says Clear.
Ferrari intentionally opted for the ‘Monza Package’ and didn’t need to use the identical automotive specification as at Spa for his or her dwelling race. But it wasn’t a PR stunt, says Clear: “We need to do our greatest in each race. So we acquired the impression that we wanted the Monza bundle.”
“Monza is after all an important race for us no matter the remainder of the season. It’s our dwelling race and everybody needs to win their dwelling race. Ferrari is not any completely different. But after all we need to maximize our probabilities in each race. We had that impact. : To do that in Monza, you want the Monza bundle.
Leclerc at the very least reached the pole. In the race, Verstappen in Red Bull ran once more, however he began from P7 after the penalty.