Take one step back to be able to take two steps forward. One could thus summarize, in a sort of popular saying, the strategy applied by Ferrari to try to reduce the strong problem of tire wear which had emerged early in the season and especially in the French GP. On the occasion of the Paul Ricard race, both Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, who started fifth and seventh respectively on the grid, had sadly slipped out of the points zone at the end of the Grand Prix. A clear collapse that fortunately both reds have never repeated, showing a decidedly greater competitiveness in the two Austrian races, at Silverstone and also in the ‘crazy’ Budapest race, albeit with Sainz alone on the track.
Speaking with the official F1 site, it was the same team principal from Maranello, Mattia Binotto, to give an explanation to steps forward shown by the SF21 in terms of tire wear. The solution highlighted by number one on the red wall appears as simple as it is – evidently – effective. “What we found in the end is very simple. If you wear out your tires it is because you are slipping. If you are slipping, there can be two reasons and these reasons can be related to the set-up. You can perfect the rear of the car when braking, have good stability behind but a car that understeers ” Binotto explained.
Working on the set-up of the single-seater and having the two drivers adapt to a different car setting, in Ferrari they seem to have overcome the obstacle. “We tried to have more balance in terms of understeer and oversteer – added Binotto – we tried to slide less on the front, to manage the tires better in this sense. I think that any step taken in this direction has turned out to be in the right direction to cope with tire wear. “. “We may have slightly I compromise the pace on the single lap – concluded the manager of the Cavallino – but not by much. I think it is also up to the riders to adapt to a different type of set-up and they are doing it. We ourselves are learning a different type of balance to use“.
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