Barcelona has traditionally been the place for upgrades and little if anything has changed in 2022. Indeed, most teams bring innovation with them, with the eyes of the avant-garde mostly on Ferrari. Scuderia put together a big package and that package seems to be working for Charles Leclerc judging by the best time. The Monegasque is still struggling with a lack of race pace, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Scuderia are quite hopeful. What exactly do these upgrades entail and what are the Ferrari advantages?
It will be the subject of a new episode of the F1 update, which of course cannot miss what’s new at Mercedes. The championship formation has openly expressed doubts about the zero-pod concept in recent weeks, but appears to have found a way to make that approach work in Spain. Granted, in Miami on Friday, George Russell was in the lead, but through tackles suggest This time the Mercedes men are hoping for a structural improvement.
And what about Max Verstappen? He was only P5 on Friday’s timesheet and concluded that Red Bull still had work to do in warm Catalonia. In a way, the image at Red Bull is the opposite of Ferrari: Verstappen is happy about the long runs, but not about the speed over a lap. Because it’s traditionally difficult to overtake in Barcelona, qualifying will be very important and Red Bull need to find a better balance. Or as Verstappen himself says: a middle ground between the current race pace and a better qualifying speed.
This search for a good balance wasn’t the only topic of conversation at Red Bull Racing. This team is also unhappy with the RB18 copy that Aston Martin has developed. The FIA has stated that the process behind the upgrades has been satisfactory and that Aston Martin has not acquired any intellectual property from Red Bull. Helmut Marko is not convinced – also because of the departure of Dan Fallows. This, not to mention Nyck de Vries’ official F1 debut, is covered in detail in the video at the top of this page.
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