Ahead for now, but Ferrari’s car fundamentals are a concern

The first three weekends of the 2022 Formula 1 season saw a dream start for Ferrari and their driver Charles Leclerc in particular. Then came Imola, where the wheels began to come off the Italian teams ambitions for championships.

 The potential team error pitting LeClerc for tyres towards the end of the race and Charles subsequent spin costing him 3 places and 7 points were the headline story. Yet there were signs the underlining package of the car will struggle to compete with Red Bull Racing this season.


Tyre degradation was an issue all weekend for Ferrari and it could be that their powerful engine unit doesn’t have the drivability of the Red Bull.

It may be Ferrari can improve the engine mappings to prevent the torque surges that may be making their car harder on tyres than the Red Bull. But this would initially at least come at a cost in raw pace.

RBR are renown for their in season ability to out develop the others on the grid and Helmut Marko suggests the Milton Team has even quicker wins to improve their car.

“The simplest explanation is that the new cars with less downforce suit some drivers better than others,” he explained to F1-insider.com. Marko believes the evidence for this is in “Sergio Perez is much closer to Max than was the case in 2021”.


The implication here is Max hasn’t fully unlocked a driving style to suit the new car yet and should then be even quicker when he does. “His aggressive driving style doesn’t quite go together with the new cars”, claimed the Austrian racing consultant.

Quite simply, Max has lost 18 points twice this season due to reliability and without those DNF’s would be already ahead of LeClerc by now in the drivers’ championship after his grand slam in Imola.

When asked whether Ferrari would also be able to keep up with in season development, Marko told Sky Sports, “I don’t think so.”

In occlusion Ferrari may lose some pace to improve tyre wear, Max will adapt his driving and get more from the RBR as it is now and the pace of the in season development traditional in Milton Keynes are all worrying signs for Ferrari’s title hopes.

One response to “Ahead for now, but Ferrari’s car fundamentals are a concern

  1. As ridiculous as the media have been suggesting Ferrari and Charles were favourite after 3 races run, so too is it to suggest that Red Bull have already passed them after a mixed weather GP.

    After all, Max couldn’t stay with the Ferrari in Melbourne where RBR suffered tyre issues.

    There’s 19 races still to run and I’d expect this to ebb and flow, and to date Ferrari hasn’t changed any part of their car substantially since the Barcelona test, unlike many others, especially RBR and Mercedes.

    The landscape is different this year, no longer can Milton Keynes or Mercedes throw money at development. Maybe Ferrari has a considered approach to their budget and will bring updates later in the season.

    For all Newley’s legendary reputation, Rory Byrne and Aldo Costa have matched him over the years. Whilst Aldo is no longer at Brackley, Rory is still part of Maranello.

    As to engine? I’m not sure if rumours suggesting it’s not been run to full power yet are true but mapping would change characteristics.

    Anyway, Marko has always been seen as a s***-stirrer, I wouldn’t hold to much faith in his opinion

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