In the first five Grands Prix of the 2022 Formula 1 season, Ferrari and Red Bull Racing faced the competition head on. Ferrari have been quick from the start of winter testing in Barcelona with the F1-75, which seemed slightly stronger than Red Bull’s RB18, particularly during the Bahrain and Australia races. The Austrian team introduced the first upgrade at the winter test in Bahrain and also came up with new parts at several races, while Ferrari looked to learn the current package to find more speed. However, at Imola and Miami, Red Bull’s RB18 once again proved to be the car to beat.
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto argued after the Miami Grand Prix that Red Bull was now a few tenths faster than Ferrari due to the various upgrades. The Italian points out the budget limit: “At some point Red Bull will have to stop development because there is a budget limit. If not, I don’t see how they can do it,” he said. The F1-75 will get a major upgrade for the first time at Barcelona this year, which is said to be a reaction to Red Bull’s developments. Ferrari wants to catch up, though That goes beyond the plans of the competitor: “We’re coming up with new parts with which we can finally achieve our optimal weight. So far, we were well above the required minimum weight of 798 kilograms,” said Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko F1 Insider†
Binotto is convinced that Ferrari is currently slightly at a disadvantage compared to Red Bull, but Marko sees it differently. He expects that – as with the first races of the season – it will be crucial which team finds the best balance on the race weekends. “Ferrari and we are on the same level. In the future, it will make the difference who gets the most out of the package on each route,” says the Austrian. In any case, he rules out exceeding the budget limit. “We’re still looking forward to the big fight and are relying fully on the FIA to ensure everything goes well.”