The low temperatures could largely explain Ferrari's underperformance last Sunday at the Nürburgring for the F1 Eifel Grand Prix.
On Sunday in Germany, Charles Leclerc crossed the finish line in seventh position, while the Monegasque started from fourth place on the starting grid, while his teammate Sebastian Vettel finished the event in eleventh place outside the points.
At the Eifel Grand Prix, Ferrari brought some technical innovations to the SF1000 and the engineers at Maranello were able to note some encouraging progress, especially in qualifying with the Leclerc car.
However, during the race the very cold temperatures encountered by the teams did not allow Charles Leclerc to make the best use of the SF1000 novelty package, while Sebastian Vettel made a spin which certainly compromised his race as Iñaki Rueda, chief strategist at Ferrari explains.
“In fact, it was the low temperatures that negatively affected the race of the two Ferrari drivers, in particular that of Charles Leclerc. " explains Rueda.
“The low temperatures made the Tenderest compound of the three available rather brittle due to graining. "
“A phenomenon that occurs when you cannot operate the tires within the ideal operating window. Tires are designed to perform best when their temperature stays just above 100 ° C, given the cars' high level of downforce. "
“Usually we drive with asphalt temperatures between 30 and 40 ° C, although the Pirellis tolerate well up to 60 ° C, a temperature that we find for example in Bahrain, and it is quite unusual to driving with values like 15 ° C as we had in Germany. "
"When the tire resistance limit is exceeded, bubbles are generated – in English" blisters ", while when it is not possible to reach the limit, rubber balls form on the surface and which give to the driver the feeling of driving on a very slippery track, almost as if with a road car we were driving with snow tires in the middle of summer, but this also considerably accelerates the wear of the tread. "
“That’s exactly what happened to Charles at the Nürburgring and also at the Hungaroring last July, when he rode the Tendres with the track still wet. "
“The teams have several tools at their disposal, including trying to define a configuration that minimizes this risk, working on brake cooling and working with the rider to adapt the driving style to these circumstances. "
“In Germany, several competitors suffered from the graining, but others did not, as was the case with Sebastian in the last stint with the Tendre. We must find – as often happens – the best compromise. "
“Immediately we saw that he [Leclerc] was not having a good pace, not only against the top three but also against the rivals who started behind him. "
“He managed to keep them at the start but on lap 9 he had to give way to Daniel Ricciardo once the front tires suffered from graining. "
"At that point, it was too early to make a single stop – which was our preferred option – but also quite the limit of one in two strategies: we had to minimize the damage and make it come in on the next lap. to assemble a set of Medium. "
“Then Charles felt much more comfortable and managed to pass Nico Hülkenberg and Pierre Gasly – both on a one-stop strategy. "
“On lap 35, he stopped for the second stop by getting on another Medium train and coming back onto the track in front of the German driver and the French driver. "
"On lap 44 there was the neutralization caused by Norris [mechanical failure]: at that point we could choose to stop and ride another set of Tendre – the Durs were not an option and we no longer had a Medium available – thus losing position in comparisons of the two but, after discussing this over the radio with Charles, we chose to stay on track, precisely in light of what we had seen in the first part of the race. "
“Gasly and Hülkenberg returned to the pits to ride the Tendres but if the first of the two managed to overtake our driver on the track, the second couldn't. "
“Sebastian [Vettel] was at least able to choose the compound to start with, going for the Mediums and having only one stop as his goal to get through the Hards and reach the finish line. "
“At the start he lost a place after being passed by Antonio Giovinazzi who started on Soft tires, but it immediately became clear that the Italian rider was slower than him. "
“Unfortunately, Sebastian lost control of his SF1000 at the braking point of the first corner of the 11th lap, damaging the front left tire and therefore having to return to the pits, much anticipating the planned stop. "
“We rode the Durs to do a very long stint and then we put on the Tendres, an operation carried out on the 41st lap. "
“For him the neutralization was absolutely transparent: he managed to overtake Nicholas Latifi and Kevin Magnussen but not to attack Giovinazzi to snatch at least the point of tenth place. "
For the Portuguese Grand Prix, the next round of the 2020 season, Scuderia will introduce other new features on the SF1000.
The final results of the Eifel GP
|1 Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes|
|2 Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+4.470|
|3 Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||+14.613|
|4 Sergio Perez||Racing Point||+16.070|
|5 Carlos Sainz||Mclaren||+21.905|
|6 Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri||+22.766|
|7 Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||+30.814|
|8 Nico Hülkenberg||Racing Point||+32.596|
|9 Romain Grosjean||Haas||+39.081|
|10 Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa romeo||+40.035|
|11 Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||+40.810|
|12 Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa romeo||+41.476|
|13 Kevin Magnussen||Haas||+49.585|
|14 Nicholas Latifi||Williams||+54.449|
|15 Daniil Kvyat||AlphaTauri||+55.588|
|Alex Albon||Red Bull||ABD|