Martin Brundle believes Formula 1 is in a “better place” when Ferrari are challenging for race wins following their one-two finish at the opening round in Bahrain.
Aside from Red Bull, who suffered a dual car failure late on, no team appeared to be able to come close to the lap times set by both Ferraris as the sport’s most famous team took home its first one-two finish since the Singapore Grand Prix in 2019.
It comes after two years in the doldrums away from regularly contending for wins, and now it appears the team has built a car that can return Ferrari to the top of the grid and have them competing for championships once more.
Former driver turned Sky Sports F1 pundit Brundle commented on Ferrari’s rise back to the top and said that Formula 1 was “in a better place” when the team is on song.
“McLaren, Williams and Aston Martin in particular are not going to agree with this statement, and so we’ll politely ignore them whilst they head off to make significant adjustments to their bodywork and design concepts and hope to welcome them to the podium soon, but F1 feels in a better place when Ferrari are genuinely on the pace, unlike 2019 when there were fuelling question marks,” Brundle wrote for Sky Sports F1.
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“Ferrari didn’t have to fight for last year’s championship thereby freeing up plenty of resource and focus for this new era, and the latest regulations designed to keep the tallest and best performing ‘sunflowers’ in the shade for a while mean that Ferrari have 10 per cent more aerodynamic development time than Mercedes. And they’ve used it very well.”
Brundle also said that the results of Ferrari-powered teams Alfa Romeo and Haas in Bahrain suggest Ferrari has “aced” the power unit as well.
“Furthermore, we’ve moved to E10 sustainable fuel and fundamental engine development has now been frozen and homologated until 2026, and from September this year the energy recovery systems are similarly locked off from development,” he wrote.
“Judging by how well the Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo and Haas teams went in Bahrain, along with their own one-two, then Ferrari have aced the power unit too.
“Despite all of that, given their pure pace and data from longer runs, it was still perceived by many that Red Bull had the edge on speed and were the team to beat for the race.
“But Leclerc was in sensational form and had other ideas.”
Ferrari are back and mean business
Ferrari had a great weekend at the Bahrain GP with their first 1-2 finish since 2019.