JPower wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 13, 2022 4:32 pm
variante wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 13, 2022 4:24 pm
Even ignoring the aforementioned indicators, Ferrari beat either RedBull or Mercedes 5 times during such period. There's no reason to believe they can't do that again, or better.
Agreed. I don't understand the underrating of Ferrari during the turbo hybrid era. Some people make it sound like Red Bull has been in another league during that time frame when that's clearly not the case.
I get that Ferrari has been down over the last 2 years but I see that as an anomaly more than a trend.
Not to say Ferrari is a championship contender this year, we don't know for sure, but it wouldn't be surprising at this point.
I'm sure Vanja knows too that Ferrari might be at the sharp end and actually be a title winning car this year. But he does not want to keep the expectations high - probably just not to be disappointed IN CASE.
Maybe he's just playing the Mercedes game
. I've never seen such a trolling team. Having listened to them year for year they should have not won a single title since 2014. And because they have a record of doing that, it's better to wait for the actual performance on track, just to be sure.
Redbull - or Helmut Marko to be precise - on the other hand don't hide behind false accusations and outright say their opinion. I can remember multiple times when Helmut Marko said they were the fastest car or just about there in pre-season testing. He's done it again this time. Yesterday he told that with the new upgrade they are as fast as Ferrari at least.
Just to make it clear though, I generally am a pretty optimistic person and I don't see a reason not to be optimistic as a Ferrari fan after such a strong testing. Ferrari has gone through their programme calmly, not caring for glory runs. As per Helmut Schmidt they have neither turned up the wick nor pumped off the fuel when doing their fast laps. People tend to go by history and say that historically Ferrari runs lighter and turns the PU up in testing - but not this time around apparently.