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GP Week : Issue 203
Ferrari's new package fails to deliver TECHNICAL TeCHNICAL PAOLO FILISETTI Technical Editor The race in Montreal this year had multiple ingredients to be a must-see race. Of course we are not talking about the usual fascinating setting of the Notre Dame Island in the middle of saint Lawrence river, but of the many developments expected here on most cars. In particular there was much anticipation regarding the development of Ferrari as, a few races ago, at Barcelona, president Luca di Montezemolo said: “In Canada, we expect a remarkable step forward, because in Montreal we bring a huge development step on our car.” This statement of course raised the expectations of the tifosi, keen to see the Italian squad raising their game after a disappointing first part of the season. Of course, those people who are not new to Formula 1 were a little sceptical about the real prospect of a miracle rise for the F14T. But, given the significant human and technical resources the team has, could there be some significant gains? The outcome was not what I had expected, but this analysis, carried out during qualifying, provides a unique picture of the current situation. In fact if we look closely into the sector analysis we can find some elements that still suggest that the outcome was not completely a disaster. Or rather, performance-wise Ferrari improved in many areas, but relatively speaking, the over-all result was a step back and not forward compared to their direct rivals, Red Bull. The sector analysis provides a clear picture of this. In detail, looking at the first sector, we can see that there is clearly a ‘circular ’ time distribution. What that means is that the performance of the various cars, in terms of time in the first sector, don’t differ too much among the cars – and especially, looking at Ferrari F14T, it doesn’t look too bad compared to the opponents. Of course the Mercedes and the Red Bulls show their competitiveness, but there is no evidence here that Ferrari would be far behind them. The speed analysis of this sector, however, takes away any possible illusion, showing how the Mercedes powered teams are playing in another league, with just Alonso trying to catch them. Analyzing the second sector, the picture becomes clearer. Mercedes and Williams look far ahead of every other team, with McLaren showing its weaknesses from the chassis and CANADA QUALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 TIME ANALYSIS 20.3 20.6 20.9 21.2 21.5 ALONSO RAIKKONEN GROSJEAN RICCIARDO VETTEL BUTTON MASSA BOTTAS HAMILTON ROSBERG T1 T1 QUALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 SPEED ANALYSIS 254 256 258 260 262 264 266 ALONSO RAIKKONEN GROSJEAN RICCIARDO VETTEL BUTTON MASSA BOTTAS HAMILTON ROSBERG SPEED 1 SPEED 1 35 GPWEEK.com // 35 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CANADA PARTNERS: