Scuderia Ferrari’s performance in Bahrain and the straightline speed of its SF90 has been generating intrigue once again among the Scuderia’s rivals. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel locked out the front row in Sakhir, and while race day didn’t fulfill the Italian outfit’s expectations, the SF90’s superiority was unequivocal.
Ferrari’s rivals have noted the remarkable straightline speed of the Scuderia’s 2019 charger, although that quality only came to the forefront in Bahrain. According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport which analysed a GPS comparaison between teams in qualifying in Sakhir, Ferrari enjoyed a comfortable edge down the straights which can’t be explained by downforce alone.
“The Ferrari engine suddenly has the same bang as last year,” said Adrian Newey, quoted by AMUS.
Indeed, in 2018 it was believed that Scuderia Ferrari’s power unit held a significant advantage last year, thanks to a complex twin-battery system that led to intrigue in the paddock and some thorough monitoring by the FIA.
“The fuel from Ferrari smells like grapefruit juice,” said Red Bull’s Christian Horner, who also added: “We actually thought the FIA had plugged all the loopholes in the engine,” – thus indirectly raising new questions about the legality of Ferrari’s 2019 engine. However, Red Bull motorsports consultant Dr Helmut Marko now clarified: “We assume that Ferrari found the perfect fuel mix for the engine and did a really good job. We all have to do better now. The car is not illegal.” – he admitted, as reported earlier today by Autobild.