After the flag dropped, the race near the Catalan capital provided plenty to talk about. For example, Max Verstappen’s late start appeared to be related to fuel temperature and Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto had some doubts about it afterwards. Exactly how this issue is and why Red Bull Racing’s approach fits right into the regulations will be discussed in a new episode of the F1 update.
After that, the focus logically goes to Monaco, where the new cars will be used for the first time this year. To what extent do these modified cars make the street circuit even more challenging for drivers than last year and what about visibility through the 18-inch wheels? Leonie Oude Elferink and Ronald Vording are watching closely, as is the expected fight up front.
In recent weeks, the data has shown differences between Red Bull and Ferrari. For example, the former team drove faster at the end of the straights and Ferrari won in (fast) corners. A related question is to what extent is this due to deliberate tuning in the setup and to what extent to the characteristics of the cars? Monaco is interesting because all teams drive with maximum downforce and the set-up differences largely disappear as a result. At least for this type of track, a one-on-one comparison between the two cars will be done this weekend.
Monaco is also interesting for another reason: the tyres. Red Bull had the upper hand in terms of tire wear at Imola and Miami, but Ferrari got the tires up to temperature quicker for that one crucial lap in qualifying. With the main focus in Monaco being on that qualifier, it will be interesting to see if Scuderia still have that advantage. And what can Mercedes actually do, is a fight between three teams for pole possible? This and much more – for example the chance of rain – is covered in the video at the top of this page.
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