Is Red Bull far ahead of Ferrari?

The new rules of 2022 expected teams to get closer to each other and fight closer on the track. The general view for now. Red Bull is said to be struggling as it was last year, and thanks to Ferrari’s transfer of development from last year to this year, if it closes the gap and joins the front row struggle and Mercedes overcomes the fluctuation problem. , Red Bull will be included. In these two struggles.

Friday’s performance in Bahrain supported this view. In the second practice session, which better reflects the standings and the race, the difference between Red Bull and Ferrari was only 0.087 seconds. Meanwhile, Mercedes had a hard time approaching these two teams. The Mercedes problem in the test seems to continue “for now”.

Red Bull and Ferrari were close together in one lap, but in the long driving simulation of the race, Red Bull and Max Verstappen were ahead of the others.

According to data seen on the track by autosport editors, Red Bull was about 5km / h faster than its rivals on downhill right and left turns 6 and 7, but overall Ferrari was faster in Sector 2. rice field. Verstappen, on the other hand, was seen gaining momentum again on Turn 13. This is 90 degrees, which is important for a good lap.

In Exercise 2, we found that Red Bull lost time straight compared to their opponents. This indicates that the team is probably operating in a lower engine mode.

Mercedes’ new driver, Russell, helped the team take the third fastest lap, but Russell’s lap was 0.593 seconds slower than Verstappen’s lap. Russell lost only 0.35 seconds in the first corner of the lap.

Meanwhile, Mercedes champion driver Lewis Hamilton was inevitably locking his tires both on medium tires and in qualifying simulations with soft tires. The direct fluctuation problem is thought to be effective in slowing down the team while heating the tires and controlling the temperature after warming up.

Russell’s fast lap looks like he took his foot off the gas early due to the force of the surge when he came to the end of the last straight of the track. This is exactly what makes the difference between Turn 13 and Turn 14 in my Twitter post above. The peaks in that section indicate the speed at which the end of the straight was reached. Hamilton also complained about similar issues throughout the session, despite switching to the stiffer sole used by Russell. Hamilton was 0.6 seconds behind his teammates in his second practice, due to a problem with the DRS mechanism. Mercedes believes this problem will take Hamilton about 0.5 seconds.

Long ride average for soft tires

exposure. set average type
one Takayama 1 minute 37,274 seconds Four
2nd place Ferrari 1 minute 37.400 seconds Five
3 Red bull 1 minute 37.472 seconds 11th
Four Alfa Romeo 1 minute 38.335 seconds 8
Five Haas 1 minute 38,471 seconds 9
6 Ferrari 2 1 minute 38,522 seconds 8
7 Mercedes 1 minute 38,556 seconds 13
8 AlphaTauri 1 minute 38.747 seconds 8
9 Alpine 2 1 minute 38.833 seconds Ten
Ten Aston Martin 1 minute 39.306 seconds Ten
11th McLaren 1 minute 39.529 seconds 17 17
12 Williams 1 minute 40.070 seconds 14

Red Bull and Ferrari said they looked very close on a single lap, but looking at the long runs, Red Bull’s stint with Verstappen looks very strong. At the top of the list is the much shorter stint average of Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc. Beyond that, looking at the average of Verstappen’s 11-lap soft tires, we can see that the Red Bull driver’s average is almost a second faster than his closest rival.

There may be differences in fuel load and engine power here, but Red Bull’s long rides still looked better than the others. According to Autosport, some paddock players feel that Red Bull could lead after seeing this average.

Based on the above averages, Mercedes seems to lag behind its major rivals in single laps and long runs, but looking at Friday’s tests alone, it’s still premature at this stage of the season. Russell stayed on the track longer than Verstappen on a long run, about a second slower. This indicates that the Mercedes car was high in fuel, but the amount of fuel in the two cars is not exactly known.

Behind the teams competing for the summit, especially the Ferrari engine team was shining on both one lap and long rides. This shows how much Ferrari has actually made progress with the engine it is preparing for 2022. Alfa Romeo and Haas were able to lead most of the teams in the middle group, averaging 8 and 9 laps.

At Ferrari, Leclerc’s drive was relatively short. If Leclerc can maintain that average on longer runs, they can fight Red Bull, but Carlos Sainz’s average shows that they are struggling as the laps increase.

It is believed that Mercedes used all modes of the engine at a particular point during the Friday ride, but it is unclear which mode was used on the fast laps. Apart from that, Mercedes is a team that traditionally increases engine power in post-training qualifying. In this regard, the gap with leaders for ranking will probably close. However, it can be confirmed in qualifying whether the difference is too small to close when the engine output is turned on.

On the other hand, looking at the struggle in the middle row, there are some interesting situations. I’ve said Ferrari engine cars are strong, but the Mercedes engine team is at the bottom of the list. In particular, it was unexpected that McLaren was so late. As Mercedes unlocks the engine power, it’s important to see where these teams stand compared to their rivals.

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso took the top spot in a short four-lap stint. If the champion driver can reflect this average in longer runs, the French team will appear to stand out in the middle row challenge.

The long-awaited new season is finally about to begin. The first impression was that at least three teams would participate in the championship battle. For the first time in today’s rankings, we can see how true and wrong these impressions are.

We want to have an exciting season with the best wins and at least three teams fighting for the championship.