There are now only a few hours left and then finally, with the PL1s of the Bahrain Grand Prix scheduled at 1 pm in Italy, Formula 1 will enter a new era, officially opening the long-awaited season 2022. After the tests last week, which left more questions than answers given the evident tendency of all the teams to hide without almost ever showing their maximum potential, the desire to understand what real speed is – at least for these first races. of the various single-seaters is high. The feeling is that overall the values between all the teams have approached, especially in the lower-middle part of the grid. There should be no more ‘chicane-furniture’ in the style of Williams 2019 or Haas 2021.
Indeed, according to the well-known site Auto Motor und Sport, just the American team – with a year of work dedicated solely to this project and facilitated by the growing power of the Ferrari power unit – could be the great surprise of the season. “This Haas does well in all areas – reads an extract from the long analysis published on the authoritative German portal – it takes second place in top speed and looks good in fast and slow corners. This is a car that Magnussen and Schumacher can take to the points“. In fact, Ferrari seems to have created a particularly competitive power unit and during the tests it would have decided not to fully exploit it, leaving Haas the task of pushing hard on the straights. The beyond 316 km / h top speed they are a very positive indication.
The role of the customer teams assumes a great weight also in the Mercede familys. For several seasons he made fun of (and controversy) Racing Point / Aston Martin as a carbon copy of Mercedes. In the ‘family’ of the Stuttgart house, however, things seem to have changed. In fact, now the impression is that it is there Williams to serve as a laboratory for Toto Wolff and his companions. Grove’s team recently bought their own Silver Arrows drivetrain and didn’t look for knockout performance during testing. Conversely, the parts of Brackley do not seem to have liked some maneuvers of the Aston Martin, which has got his hands on several Mercedes engineers. The stable managed by Lawrence Stroll also, according to the site Auto Motor und Sportwould also have highlighted in Bahrain a significant lack of pace in all sectors.
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