Max Verstappen has won two races in the 2019 Season, being the only non-Mercedes driver able to lead the grid. Indeed Red Bull and Honda have improved significantly over the last races, helping the Dutchman to beat his opponents in Austria and Germany.
On the other hand, Red Bull lags behind Ferrari in the Constructors’ Champions, mainly due to the disappointing performance of Pierre Gasly.
Despite, the former Mclaren icon and Formula 1 World Champion, Mika Hakkinen, claimed that the overall RB10 package is superior to the SF90.
“Although Sebastian Vettel finished third, Ferrari was not in the same race in Hungary.
“They should be back in contention in Spa and Monza, where their straight-line speed will matter, but it is clear that their car is just not competitive from race to race.
“Not only have they been unable to beat Mercedes they are now behind the Red Bull Honda package in terms of competitiveness.”
Hakkinen continued remarking how Ferrari has an important possibility to win a race in Spa and Monza. “Formula 1 now heads into a one-month break before the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, and this includes a two-week shut down for the factories. The second part of this year’s World Championship should be quite different from the first.
“I expect Ferrari to be pushing really hard for a win in Spa and Monza, but Red Bull and Honda will also be continuing to develop their car and Mercedes cannot take their domination for granted any longer.
“We have just had four really exciting Formula One races and I fully expect we have many more to look forward to before Championship ends in Abu Dhabi on December 1st.”
In fact, the tracks present long straights where the SF90 can exploit at the highest level its engine power advantage. On the other hand, Mercedes and Red Bull, with Honda, will continue to develop their cars, making the two following races, as remarked by Mika, more competitive and uncertain than the first part of the season.