After the impressive results that Ferrari showed in Barcelona just about a month ago, all the fans (except a few) was unequivocally assured in the same brilliant first Grand Prix of the season for the team. Especially since the last four years Ferrari has always been on the podium in Melbourne. However, instead of the long-awaited Australian podium, the fans got a heart attack in the form of Vettel’s P4 and Leclerc’s P5, and the incredible speed of Mercedes.
After the finish of Melbourne race fans and experts began to talk about the reasons for such a terrible Ferrari performance. Some were sure that the problem lies in the early Vettel’s pit stop – Sebastian really drove into the pits before all the leaders, on the 14th lap. Others were sure that the both drivers faced issues with the power unit. Also, there were such versions like wrong settings of the cars and problems with the tyres. But after numerous analyses and reviews, there are two most likely options of why Scuderia cars looked so weakly in Melbourne.
The well-known F1 journalist Mark Hughes claims in his analysis for motorsportmagazine.com, Ferrari didn’t have PU issues, however the team couldn’t get the front end to work, so that resulted in the SF90 having a bad corner exit, which also affected their straight-line speed. So, if Mark’s assumptions are correct, in Bahrain Scuderia will drive much better, but in the same time get into troubles on the similar to Melbourne – “bumpy” – tracks. Of course, if Ferrari can’s find a solution for these issues.
Another option is MGU-H issues. Italian Tuttosport states that the turbocharged is the main reason of unsuccessful Ferrari race in Australia. Inasmuch as turbocharged connects with MGU-H, so this problem has affected its efficiency.
Of course, it’s important to find the cause of failures and breakdowns, but even more important to find a solution to these problems. And it appears Ferrari have done that. Now, according Italian F1 expert Leo Turrini, who is very close to Scuderia, in Maranello they figured out the problems. The journalist doesn’t know what is it, but assures that “the guys, who works with Binotto, don’t panic”. Also, Turrini says Ferrari is prepare some special operation or rather say a mission. Obviously, the Mission Winnow! FIA confirmed that since Bahrain GP the team comes back to its title sponsor Mission Winnow of Philip Morris. So, let’s waiting for a real “storm in the desert” from Ferrari already this week!