Ferrari was missing from the battle for the podium during the Mexican Grand Prix. The pilots of the team Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were seventh and fifth on the starting grid. In the final at the Hermanos circuit, Rodríguez Sainz was fifth – almost a minute behind the winner Max Verstappen. Charles finished sixth by an even bigger margin, and the Scuderia had chosen the same strategy as Red Bull. The powertrains in the Ferrari cars were undertuned in Mexico and the settings poorly chosen after initial team confusion that was caught too late.
“We just didn’t feel good on that track. We had to compromise with the propulsion systems. That meant we didn’t have their full power available. The behavior of the F1-75 was also not up to par. The balance was not very good. The car just wouldn’t turn. Now we have to find out why it turned out that way.”
“In the first practice, we didn’t realize how bad the behavior of the cars was. The tire test definitely didn’t help in that direction. The last time we were this far back was at Spa. We need to draw the necessary conclusions and get our strength back for the final two starts,” said Ferrari F1 boss Mattia Binoto
Ferrari’s poor form did not go unnoticed. Former F1 driver and current TV pundit Paul di Resta commented that he believes the Scuderia’s performance in Mexico was not solely down to thin air.
“Yes, it directly affects the car, but others didn’t care so much. The engine? Alfa Romeo was doing better and [Валтери] Bottas was in strong positions for a long time. Better than he had seen in a long time. I’m afraid that since July at Ferrari they haven’t had a chance to win a race. “Mercedes has caught up and is already ahead of them,” said Di Resta regarding the Scuderia’s performance.
The disappointment within the Ferrari team itself was palpable
“In qualifying we had some problems. In the race, though, the DRS concerns were fixed. We replaced the rear wing. There were still some issues with the engine, but they definitely don’t explain the final difference,” said Leclerc bitterly.
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