Two F1 teams catch Martin Brundle’s eye for all the wrong reasons

Mark Scott
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Sky F1 analyst and pundit Martin Brundle singled out both Ferrari and Aston Martin at the Hungarian Grand Prix – but not exactly for the right reasons.

A lot of the early season hype was generated by the two teams, yet 11 races into the F1 2023 season they both appear to be going backwards rather than forwards.

At the Hungaroring, Ferrari finished 70 seconds behind runaway winner Max Verstappen in the dominant RB19 while Fernando Alonso, on the podium in five of the first seven races, was 75 seconds adrift. His team-mate Lance Stroll, in P9, was even lapped by Verstappen.

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Those alarming statistics were more than enough to draw the attention of Brundle in his latest Sky F1 column, with Ferrari the first up on the dock.

“Ferrari had an ultimately disappointing weekend in seventh and eighth and a minute behind the leader,” Brundle said.

“Charles Leclerc suffered a five-second penalty for speeding in the pitlane by just 0.7kph which rather sums up their luck at the moment. He also had a poor pit stop which further dented his chances and once again his frustration over team radio was plain to hear.

“Carlos Sainz started on soft compound tyres which he used to very good effect by gaining five places off the line but ultimately it would compromise his race.

“Ferrari were the fourth fastest car on race day and were out-qualified by two of their customer teams in Alfa Romeo and Haas. I can imagine their debriefs after Budapest and heading directly to Spa were somewhat tense…”’s recommended reading

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While questionable strategy calls are pretty much the norm for Ferrari, Aston Martin’s decline is a little more puzzling and Brundle has added further weight to the theory that Pirelli’s new tyre compound first introduced at the British Grand Prix earlier in July has had an adverse effect.

He added: “It’s difficult to work out how and why Aston Martin have fallen from main challengers to Red Bull to ninth and 10th some 75 seconds behind the winner, and fifth fastest car.

“They have clearly been overtaken by effective updates at other teams but I can’t help but feel they’ve gone the wrong way somewhere.

“There’s talk that the more robust tyre construction from Silverstone has hurt them, but this decline was apparent before then.

“Let’s hope they can sort it out quickly with changes of their own, as we need them back in the hunt.

Heading into the final race before the summer break, Aston Martin sit third in the Constructors’ Championship but are now 39 points adrift of second-placed Mercedes.

Ferrari, meanwhile, are 17 points behind Aston Martin in P4.

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