A Red Bull so it is too much for everyone, not just for the Ferrari. While the Verstappen domination seen today in Belgium makes it even more history. Able to finish 17 “8 at Pérez and 26” 8 at Sainz, the others on the podium after a separate competitionat just 24 years and 331 days the Dutchman has already won 29 racesmuch more than they had done Vettel (22), Alonso (14) and Hamilton (11). A rider never satiated with successes and also passionate about comebacks: if in Hungary, before the summer break, he closed in front of everyone starting from tenth place (due to power problems in qualifying), at Spa he went from 14th to first in just 12 laps, while four laps before he was already in the podium area. This means that that of the 2021 Champion it is the fastest comeback in F1 history. He had already broken several statistics in 2021, then winning the title ad Abu Dhabibut now the Dutchman has plenty of time on his side to become one legend undisputed.
Ferrari, many reflections to do
If Red Bull smiles and dominates in Belgium – doing it also in the second sector, the most guided one that should have been in favor of Maranello -, Ferrari flies to Holland with the only consolation of Sainz’s podium: author of a good performance, especially in the final when he had to defend himself from the return of the Mercedes of George Russell. But with serious reflections to do, for such a clear inferiority towards rivals that had never been seen in the season. If in Hungary more rhythm than rivals was assumed for low temperatures, the 10 degrees more seen in the race at Spa belie this theory. Indeed, they did only worse alla Rossa, also affected by the return of the problem of rubber-wear, which has not been seen since the days of GP of Imola. Aerodynamic efficiency and a superior engine in season to that of the Cavallino have created a gap very highwhich Sainz, at the end of the race, tried to explain “in the package at low load not working”.
Binotto: “I would be surprised if Red Bull brought a new frame”
In Belgium, then, the much feared was expected directive 039-22that anti–porpoising, which seems to have penalized Ferrari more than Red Bull and Mercedes. We still have to wait a few races to do evaluationsbut it is not explained a gap so high that Maranello had vis-à-vis the Anglo-Austrian rivals. The Rossa then went to Belgium with the new hybrid system to Leclerc’s power unit, which was to bring a more effective charging under braking and more efficiency in managing the power on the lap, but what it did not work. The hope is that it will perform on other tracks where this component is decisive, see Mexico Citywhile the further growth of Verstappen’s Red Bull is feared, which a Singaporein early October, should introduce a lighter frame of almost 6 kg compared to the previous one, and which in the forecasts should guarantee a tenth and a half less on the lap. Novelty that leaves you speechless all the same Mattia Binotto: “I would be surprised if our rivals introduce it – said the team principal in the meeting with the Italian press after the race -, I would not understand where our rivals find all the money never overstepping the limits of budget cap“.
A “good point” in the design of the 2023 single-seater
It didn’t make it either the rear wing Ferrari, carried to generate more load and thus give the advantage in the second sector driven: different choice from that of the rivals, who traveled with a more discharged rear wing. In short, with the World Cup now evaporated after Leclerc’s out in France, it is time for Maranello for some reflection. It is perhaps the case to concentrate completely on the single-seater of the 2023called to another fight with Red Bull: “Most of the choices have been made – added Binotto – The car is good point in the development, it remains to improve its dressing. Having chosen elements such as chassis, suspension and gearbox in full compliance with the times, we will have to push on aerodynamics and decide how much time to spend in the wind tunnel for one car rather than the other (the current F1-75, ed). You have to look at the weaknesses on the 2022 car, to improve them on next year’s car ”.
Ferrari, in Zandvoort to relaunch. Then it’s up to Monza
First, however, for Ferrari there is to be saved honor also this season, which is unlikely to bring a title to Maranello. The team must in fact defend itself against the return of Mercedes in the Drivers and Constructors’ rankings. TO Zandvoort, on a curvy, heavily loaded track with a short straight, Ferrari could have its say on its rivals next Sunday. TO Monza (race on 11 September), the risk is of another Red Bull smile, given the characteristics (low load and long straights) that approach the Autodromo Nazionale in Spa. Another motor track where Red Bull lovers would not want see Verstappen – 93 points away from Pérez and 98 from Leclerc – rejoice for yet another victory Seasonal.
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