Ferrari fans had a forgetful weekend in Spain, watching both cars struggle in many aspects. Kimi went off track multiple times in Practice and had to retire in the race. Vettel was much slower than usual and got an unlucky strategy call to finish only P4.
Mercedes was dominant in qualifying, locking out the front row and leaving the Ferraris on row 2. The sudden change in qualifying speed could be caused by the many updates to the first GP in central Europe. If that’s the only reason, Ferrari has some work to do. Monaco is a unique place, so we’ll have to wait and see in Canada.
The Silver Arrows dominance continued in the race, Vettel got the better start and was in P2 for much of the race. But a second pitstop under VSC destroyed the Ferrari podium. Kimi retired with an engine problem, his second of the weekend but he should be clear of grid penalties for the Monaco GP. Mercedes 1-2, Verstappen in 3rd and Vettel P4 at the end of a disappointing F1 weekend. To conclude the bad news, Mercedes now leads the championship.
The teams stayed in Barcelona for 2 days of testing, where Vettel and Ferrari Driver Academy star Antonio Giovinazzi collected some useful data for the team. But no Ferrari was fastest on both testing days.
We stay optimistic ahead of the Monaco GP, where Ferrari scored a 1-2 finish last year!