Brawn identifies Ferrari's main weakness during 2019 F1 season

16-07-2019 16:12
by Matt Gretton
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Brawn identifies Ferrari's main weakness during 2019 F1 season

Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn believes Ferrari's main issue during the 2019 Formula 1 season is tyre management. He claims their lack of race pace during the British Grand Prix confirmed this factor. 

Around Silverstone, Mercedes regained their dominance after a poor weekend in Austria. Within just a few laps, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas pulled away to leave the Ferrari drivers to fight with the Red Bulls. 

However, on Saturday, Charles Leclerc's best lap in qualifying was almost good enough to pinch pole position. The man from Monaco was less than 0.100 seconds away from pole position. Brawn analyses this. 

"When it comes to performance on a flying lap in qualifying, Charles Leclerc was amazing, given that he only lost out on pole in the final sector of a track that didn’t suit the characteristics of the SF90, especially in the cold conditions," Brawn commented in his British Grand Prix debrief.

"However, in the race, Ferrari was third best, a long way off Mercedes and behind the Red Bulls. Tyre wear especially seems to be the team’s Achilles' Heel." 

Brawn, a former Ferrari man himself, tells the Ferrari team to work on the issues immediately if still want to win the Formula 1 World Championship.

"Back in Maranello, they need to understand why this is, and they must react quickly if they want to keep alive their hopes of fighting for the championship," Brawn continued. 

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