At the end of qualifying for the first race of the season in Austria, the main loser can be called a Ferrari.
Sebastian Vettel showed only 11-th result, and his partner Charles LeClair will start 7-m. thus Leclere year ago in Austria took the pole position with a score of 0.9 seconds better than he ran now. That is the year the car was noticeably slower.
Experts attribute this to the motor. Poorly made all commands that use the engine of the Italian manufacturer: the pilots Alfa Romeo showed 18-19 the result, and racers Haas – 15-16.
Below is the comparison of the results of qualification in Austria to 2019 and 2020. The result is improved almost everything. In addition to Ferrari and commands that use motors Ferrari.
Almost all of last season Ferrari had the most powerful motor, and competitors wondered how the team managed so suddenly to add that on the straights even Mercedes couldn’t keep up with crimson fireballs.
In the end, the team made the FIA (international Federation of motorsports) to conduct an investigation into possible fraud Ferrari. All this led to a scandal, when the FIA and Ferrari reported a secret agreement about the engine, but decided not to disclose the other teams f-1 the essence of the transaction.
I suspect that the motor Ferrari was found violations, but the team asked them to fix it and decided not to punish. After that, myself and Ferrari, and all teams that use their motor suddenly lost in speed. Coincidence? Judging by qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, Ferrari in terms of the motor loses all engines and Mercedes, and Renault, and Honda.
In qualifying Ferrari really has become the 5th power of the team behind the speed of the Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren and the racing point. And Renault is going about the same pace.
Does not add optimism Ferrari and anti-crisis amendments to the regulations that are in 2020 and 2021 impose restrictions on the completion of elements of the car and motor, so to rectify the situation will be extremely difficult.
Ferrari promises to bring almost a new car at the Grand Prix of Hungary, but without the updated engine will be hard. In the end, the team can wait for not even fighting for the top 3, but rather a battle of top 5 constructors ‘ championship.