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Author Topic: Should Ferrari tailor SF90 F1 car to Vettel's strenghs to catch Mercedes?  (Read 190 times)

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If Mark Hughes assessment, see the paragraphs below, of Seb's special prowess when allowed to use his natural style is correct it's perhaps possible to extrapolate that Ferrari only need to get closer rather than totally on terms with Merc - Vettel will then do the rest.  :swoon:

They need to build more rear stability for the Vettel magic to make the difference, and bring back glory days like Seb's Red Bull years.   

Before you all claim not fair on Leclerc just take a minute to note that Hughes suggests that Charles driving style is more flexible and so should not be disadvantaged.     

How he[Vettel] fares now in the quick-fire rhythm of the ‘European’ part of the season could be key to his whole future. This is dependent not only on Ferrari’s ability to develop the SF90 into a Mercedes match but whether it can do so in a way that allows Vettel to express his natural driving style – which, as we’ve seen over the years, is highly dependent on having a car with a lot of rear stability; a car like Ferrari has given him in the last two years.
Give him such a car and he finds big chunks of time on corner entry into slow and medium speed corners with his sudden, pitching turn-in. The greater the rear grip, the greater his advantage over more conventional techniques. But take that away from him – and he struggles. It’s a far less flexible style than that of Leclerc.

The notion that he was flattered by the Adrian Newey Red Bulls is nonsense. On the contrary, he exaggerated the speed of the blown diffuser cars, squeezed more from them than would drivers with a more conventional style. I spent many hours standing trackside watching him do it and it could be quite extraordinary to behold, the Red Bull’s rear staying planted long enough to get him turned but then beginning to slide before the apex – which Vettel would cure by counter-intuitively standing hard on the gas pedal. He could do it in such a fluid, coordinated way, every time. Mark Webber used to shake his head after looking at his telemetry. How could this guy, who in a normal car wasn’t as quick as him through a fast corner, conjure this magic?
There’s no inherent reason why this generation of car should not have the sort of planted rear he craves. So far this season, the Ferrari hasn’t had it – but did have during testing at the very track we’re now at. If that trait can be technically accessed, the next question is whether Vettel can conjure the desire to extend himself, extract the maximum from himself, live in that uncomfortable territory? Race after race, in the grind of a season, against opponents, within the team and outside of it, who are just so relentlessly good?

Courtesy Mark Hughes, excerpts from a longer piece on 10th May.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2019, 01:00:50 PM by John S »

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Offline cosworth151

This makes sense to me. Seb is a proven winner but does seem to need a car set up to his liking. Ferrari needs to make a big change. I think this one would work for them.
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Offline Scott

It can’t hurt, and if Leclerc isn’t bothered by it, why not?
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Offline Alianora La Canta

If Ferrari could sort it so it worked better for Seb, they could sort it so it worked better for both its drivers. Most of the issues appear to be equally problematic for Seb and Charles.

In practise, I don't think Ferrari could deploy this development strategy, no matter how much it wanted to (and I could see Charles being OK with it if it gave Seb a chance of salvaging the title, even if it risked the car being less suitable for himself, because he's playing the long game).
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Offline Jericoke

If this is true, this is why Ferrari can't win.

It's not enough to have the 'best' of everything, it's a team, and you have to work together.  Why wouldn't the Ferrari be designed, from day one, to suit Seb?