Ferrari’s head of strategy believes Charles Leclerc was heading to a comfortable win in Azerbaijan before his power unit failed.
Carlos Sainz Jnr admitted it felt “extremely frustrating” to have dropped out of another race in the early stages due to his hydraulic failure in Baku.
Seven Formula 1 teams have brought updates for their cars at this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, mostly aimed at improving their top speed.
Ferrari’s frustration at the time their drivers lost lapping the Williams cars was heightened by the €25,000 fine they received for impeding in practice.
Charles Leclerc’s radio from the Monaco Grand Prix showed he had agreed a switch to intermediates would be “much quicker”, even if he later criticised the call.
Charles Leclerc says he was on course to improve his pole-winning lap time in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix before crashes ended the session
Charles Leclerc said Ferrari cannot afford more repeats of the failure which cost him a potential victory in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Ferrari will bring track-specific new parts to next week’s race in Miami followed by a more significant upgrade afterwards.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner expects the balance of power between his team and Ferrari will be “swings and roundabouts” throughout the 2022 season.
Ferrari’s Russian test driver Robert Shwartzman, who was due to drive for the team in Formula 1 practice sessions this year, will use an Israeli licence to make any appearances for them.
Charles Leclerc said Ferrari mustn’t put themselves under extra pressure at their home event after taking an early lead in the championship.
Charles Leclerc admitted he was “surprised” by Ferrari’s pace in qualifying after taking pole position by almost three tenths over Max Verstappen.
Charles Leclerc was encouraged by Ferrari’s pre-season tests but said he is unsure how competitive the team will be when the new season starts this weekend.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is pleased with their progress in testing but believes Mercedes and Red Bull remain the favourites heading into the new season.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Ferrari have got off to a strong start in testing for the 2022 Formula 1 season.
Mercedes’ rear wing mirror design is ‘something F1 needs to stop for the future’, says Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the extra development work they were able to do on their 2022 car compared to Mercedes was only worth up to a tenth of a second per lap.
Formula 1 teams underestimated the difficulties they would encounter with their new cars ‘porpoising’, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has said.
Having slumped to sixth place in the constructors championship in 2020, Ferrari were able to do more development work for 2022, giving them a small benefit.
Ferrari academy and reserve driver Robert Shwartzman will take part in two Friday practice sessions with Ferrari in 2022.