Helmut Marko does not believe in a competitive Ferrari in Zandvoort and has branded the performance of the Red in free practice on Friday as the result of a supremacy dictated by the smaller quantity of fuel loaded in the tank. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished yesterday in front of everyone and are expected today at the counter-test of the facts in the qualifying for the Dutch GP.
It must be said that the two Cavallino riders did not feed too many illusions for the rest of the weekend, however, registering an SF21 capable of returning to being the protagonist after the decline that had occurred at Spa-Francorchamps.
In the Maranello team there is the awareness of having brought the car back to known values, so there is the ambition to aim for a second row, without raising too many hopes for what could be the third pole position of the season.
The telemetry of the Bobbi staff allows us to compare Leclerc’s best lap with the one that earned Max Verstappen fifth position in the time table: the Dutchman never managed to express his true potential in the two dry lap attempts. of the RB16B at his disposal because first the used rubber and then the red flag caused by Mazepin prevented him from aiming high.
The gap of 362 thousandths is certainly not realistic and has materialized above all in the central part of the track (two tenths) which is characterized by the supporting corners.
Analyzing the data it emerges, in fact, that Ferrari was significantly faster than Red Bull in straights, in accelerations and also in bends in travel (from 170/180 km / h) where usually the SF21 always struggles a bit. .
On the other hand, Verstappen seemed in better shape where the aerodynamic load is enhanced: in the already legendary elevated Curva 3 Max gained 3 km / h and even 5 km / h in Turn 9, a sign that the Red Bull was a little covered, without to exhaust the power of the Honda engine, fearing the numerous banking systems that cause the lubricant to shake in the crankcase, generating oil cavitation due to the centrifugal force which in a few moments can leave some parts of the engine at risk of reliability.
It is therefore possible that we can see a realignment of the values in FP3, but the two Ferraris have revealed that they have been put on track with a good job done at home: on the heavily loaded tracks the SF21 is able to assert its qualities of traction, confirming to have an excellent downforce at low speed.
Furthermore, Zandvoort does not enhance the performance of the power units, so it should not be surprising that yesterday in the time table there was third Esteban Ocon with the Renault-powered Alpine behind the two Ferraris: it must mean something …