Ferrari intimidates in the tests of Montmeló

The idea was to reduce the aerodynamic advantage so that the passage through the curve was slower and the cars could approach each other. The purpose of the new regulation was to go through

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Vettel, during the Montmeló tests, on Thursday. JOSEP LAGOAFP

The consistency of Vettel and Leclerc sets the tone. McLaren offers recovery symptoms

The idea was to reduce the aerodynamic advantage so that the passage through the curve was slower and the cars could approach each other. The objective of the new regulation was to slow down the entire squad to promote overtaking and multiply the show. In fact, the International Federation (FIA) had calculated a loss of 1.5 seconds per lap. However, the first four days of official F1 training, closed on Thursday in Montmeló, showed a reality very different from predictions. A reality, by the way, quite similar to that of the 2018 World Cup, when only the genius of Lewis Hamilton could prevail over the mechanics of Ferrari.

In the Campsa curve, perhaps the most critical and demanding point of Montmeló, Ferrari and Mercedes showed a feeling of stability and speed even higher than last year. In addition, the unblemished reliability of the two motors candidates for the title served as the first warning for Red Bull , which opens its alliance with Honda, or for Renault, with an inspired Nico Hulkenberg, author of the best time of the week (1: 17.393). Little or nothing matters this record, which will be improved from next Tuesday, when the last 32 hours of tests start. The German, like the Toro Rosso, signed him with the C5, the fastest tire of Pirelli. A compound that has not even tested Ferrari and Mercees. Both teams know very well that the essential thing at this stage of the winter is the development of the cars and their consistency in the long runs. Precisely where the red cars, followed closely by the Silver Arrows, mark the moment for the moment.

During the last two days, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc showed great regularity in their qualifying or race simulations. On Monday, the four-time world champion had already admitted that his premiere at the wheel of the SF90 "touched perfection." «I see them one point ahead. No matter what fuel load they carry or what engine configuration they use, "Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes driver, analyzed yesterday. Then, from the garage of Red Bull, Helmut Marko influenced the same concept on the favorites for the Australian Grand Prix, where the World Championship starts on March 17. «Of course they are the fastest cars». Also the most regular, as they lead the table of completed laps (610), slightly ahead of Ferrari (598).

That reliability is also the main objective for McLaren, where Carlos Sainz suffered a fault in the gearbox on Wednesday that kept him two hours in the garage. "We made a few changes during the night and that delayed us. It was a difficult day, "revealed the Madrid native, who despite everything could close with 90 laps, almost all in the afternoon. In these first four days of testing, the Woking cars completed 445 laps, with an undoubted positive progression with respect to 2018, where they barely made 599 in the eight sessions. Yesterday, the rookie Lando Norris added 132 despite his accident morning start, when it caused a red flag after stepping on the gravel.

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