In the Miami Grand Prix, Red Bull and Max Verstappen took their second consecutive victory of the 2022 Formula One season, after also taking the race win in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the Imola circuit. After five races its an “all or nothing” balance for the Dutchman, with two retirements due to technical problems, in Bahrain and Melbourne, and three victories. As a result, the 2021 world champion is now just 19 points behind Charles Leclerc in the Formula 1 Driver Standings.
The two consecutive victories collected between Imola and Miami showed that the recent developments brought to the track by Red Bull have worked, allowing them to overtake Scuderia Ferarri in terms of performance.
This means that the Maranello team can no longer wait: it is time to bring developments on the F1-75 to the track as the first major package of updates is expected in Barcelona and will include, in addition to aerodynamic innovations, as anticipated, also pieces that will reduce the weight of the F1-75 car by 2 kg: “In Barcelona we will have a package of updates which we believe is important. As always, I hope everything works as planned and we are quite confident that we can catch up with Red Bull” – Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said. Considering that, if the package were to work correctly, it could guarantee at least 3 tenths of an improvement, we can hope that the current gap of two tenths as compared to the RB18 could disappear as stated by the Italian team’s boss.
Ferrari is therefore ready to introduce its first major update package as respond to Red Bull, who has been constantly developing the RB 18 car. Their first were those brought to the track in the Bahrain tests, important both from the slimming and aerodynamic point of view. Aftar that, the new front wing endplates was have seen in Melbourne and the Imola slimming package, in addition to other small updates introduced in these first five weekends of the season. In summary, Red Bull is a team that has already brought three important development packages to the track.
Ferrari ready to present a report to the Federation with the expenses of each team
In order not to leave anything to chance and to avoid for any team to go too far with the updates, Ferrari will shortly present a dossier with the expenses of each team at the start of the season to the FIA. Many will wonder how the various teams can see how much another team is spending, at least in terms of development. The quantification in terms of cost that the FIA has created with regard to each particular update comes into play, both in terms of design and production, and as development in the gallery and in the CFD. It is clearly a hypothetical cost but it can give the team an idea of how much the competing team has spent. Also because the various teams have carefully studied every detail, bringing to the track many modular macro components that are actually the union of various smaller pieces. Among these is the floor, as explained by Piergiuseppe Donadoni for formu1a.uno, ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.
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However, the dossier must not be seen as a protest by Ferrari against the Anglo-Austrian team, but rather a support, of the new elements, that the Italian team wants to give to the Federation to highlight even more directly the expenses of the various teams, Red Bull primarily. “Have we spent more than Ferrari? No, it’s nonsense “, Helmut Marko explained to the German media. He added:” I don’t think we are in a significantly different position from Ferrari in this respect. Above all because I wonder how the accidents, certainly not economic, suffered by Carlos Sainz will affect them”. It is on this that Red Bull’s defense, not only public, will be based in what is a war that is only just beginning, but which Ferrari wants to be ready to fight.
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