- F1 2018 (spoilers abound)
Something has changed between mercedes and ferrari, I think perhaps merc have been playing silly buggers (the lewis Singapore pole and the 0.5s+ in russia) hiding their true pace for whatever reason.
And all the talk was about how Ferrari had made big gains!
I think a lot is down to Lewis – he really turns it on at the back end of the year. Almost as if it takes him a few months to get going.
As for Bottas – he can take his sulky face round the back of the garages. If you want No.1 status you have to turn up every race weekend and produce the goods. He’s very lucky he got a contract for next season so early as Mercedes have a back-log of good young drivers now.
And as for Vettel – I’m really looking forward to seeing his sulky face next season when Leclerc hits his stride. Unfortunately for Vettel there is no big team for him to run away too now.Posted 8 months agosobrietyMember
As to the performance cahngc, earlier in the season the Ferrari was venting something out of the back of the car at various points, no one could say for sure what it was, but there were rumours of party mode/fuelling cleverness/skullduggery* there were also rumours of Ferrari having a complex battery system (that the FiA couldn’t work out) that may have been giving additional undetectable boost.
Whatever the Ferrari was venting has stopped, and their performance has dropped off…
No idea on the battery though.
*Delete depending on your viewpoint;-)Posted 8 months agoBezSubscriber
Vettel pretty much waved him through a couple of turns later, having realised that what he’d done was a bit naughty
You really think that? Vettel needs every point he can get, he’s hardly likely to voluntarily drop himself to third knowing that doing so will also gift Hamilton a win. He switched back to the racing line to avoid getting mugged on the following straight, I think he just hadn’t counted on such bold braking from Hamilton (or maybe he was thinking of his own lunge in Baku). The move looked right on the limit given where he dived from, the shallow entry and the recovered exit. Licking the Ricciardo stamp, as it were.
He’s very lucky he got a contract for next season so early as Mercedes have a back-log of good young drivers now.
This. Bottas isn’t a title contender and never will be. But he’s quick enough to call into play when push comes to shove and gets on well enough with the better driver in the other car, just as is the case with Raikkonen with Vettel*. But Ocon or Russell would mean having to deal with a whole new political balance, which would be a daft move when Hamilton’s in full flow.
* personally I suspect Ferrari are envisioning Leclerc as their number one driver from 2020 onwards.Posted 8 months agonemesisSubscriber
Explanation of Ferrari’s apparent loss of engine performance:
— Craig Scarborough (@ScarbsTech) October 5, 2018
TLDR: Likely some clever way of deploying extra energy within a grey area of the rules and connected to the two battery set up which the FIA has probably clamped down on following more data gathering with extra sensors – as suggested by LH, not cheating but typical F1 practice of playing to the rules and being smart – good work by Ferrari, right process (as set by precendent) by the FIA.Posted 8 months agoBezSubscriber
Except that even if the team had made the same mistakes, it’s a fair bet that Alonso would have made way fewer mistakes on track than Vettel.
And with the benefit of hindsight you can hardly say going to the team that’s now right at the back of the grid means it turns out he was right.Posted 8 months ago
Well, he was a bit optimistic about McLaren, but if anyone had said five years ago that Alonso driving a McLaren would be qualifying at the back of the grid, they would have been laughed at. Astonishing how far Williams and McLaren have fallen in the last 30 years.
Yes, I think Alonso would have made less mistakes than Vettel, maybe even won the championship last year and this, but his point about Ferrari being badly managed seems to have been spot on.Posted 8 months ago
Ferrari have historically always been poorly managed, especially when things start to go wrong. Ignoring the Schumi years as they were exceptional, it’s easy to see a pattern. When things go well for them they have a habit of dropping the ball once. This wakes them up for a few races then they drop the ball again, This causes the Italian media to go into a frenzy, changes are made and more mistakes creep in. This causes a downward spiral that stops at a season’s end or by a major change operationally. They then regroup over the winter break and they carry on until they drop the ball again, etc. This season is slightly different as it was going well for them until Sergio Marchionne’s passing lead to them dropping the ball but it has been unravelling since then.
Without strong leadership and a disconnect from the politics of Italian media Ferrari will always have ups and downs in form. The only anomaly has been the Todt/Brawn/Schumi years where the team was basically disconnected from the Car division. Alonso was right and Vettel is learning that the hard way.Posted 8 months ago
Not saying that the Ferrari engine power thing isn’t a bit fishy, but I think part of it is that Merc got on top of their tyre management issues. Ferrari’s deficit in Singapore wouldn’t have been just due to engine power. In Russia, Ferrari couldn’t get the front and rear tyres up to temperature evenly, whereas Merc could.Posted 8 months agoPosted 8 months ago
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