Kravitz: Ferrari showed enough to have Mercedes ‘worried’

Henry Valantine
Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari pit box. Barcelona February 2022.

Charles Leclerc is surrounded by his Ferrari mechanics in his pit box. Barcelona February 2022.

Sky Sports’ Ted Kravitz feels the three-day shakedown in Barcelona showed Ferrari have enough pace to have “worried” reigning Constructors’ champions Mercedes. 

The Scuderia showed consistent pace throughout all three days of running in Spain and completed more laps than any other team, proving early on they have produced a reliable car in the F1-75.

Team principal Mattia Binotto tried to play down thoughts of Ferrari holding a pace advantage over the week however, saying they were “still the outsider” when it comes to potentially challenging for the title this season.

George Russell admitted his concerns about Mercedes’ speed too, feeling they are currently behind both Ferrari and McLaren in terms of their development, but there are still three days of testing to run before the season gets underway.

Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 testing. Spain February 2022
Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 testing. Credit Ferrari. Spain February 2022

It’s famously tricky to predict how the teams shape up after test running due to the ‘sandbagging’ measures that try to prevent them showing their full hand in terms of pace, but Kravitz believes Ferrari are in a strong position right now – with Red Bull being the only slight unknown as it stands.

“That’s a very good question,” he said on Sky Sports when asked about his idea of an early top three after running had finished on Friday.

“Because today was the day where the top two of last year showed what they had in the bag and, actually, it was Max Verstappen at Red Bull with the most impressive lap on a harder tyre – not as quick as the Mercedes, but certainly on a harder, supposedly slower tyre, he was there or thereabouts.

“It was a 1-2 at the end of the day for Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell topping the timesheets, but really I think the test still belongs probably to Ferrari.

“They’ve shown enough in the first two days to have Mercedes worried; the only question is what have Red Bull got, and we learned a bit of that today.”

 

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc also tried to ensure people do not get ahead of themselves about the early potential of their car, with other teams still yet to ramp up their pace.

“It’s impossible to have a clear picture just yet, so we have to stay focused and keep working hard. We put in a lot of laps, more than any other team, and that’s a positive we will build on,” he said after his pre-season running in Barcelona.

 

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