Ferrari and Renault cars have similar disadvantagesAugust 23, 2019
Mercedes dominates the championship, but behind the champion team there are two fundamentally important battles: Red Bull Racing fights against Ferrari and seems to catch up with it soon, while McLaren is noticeably ahead of Renault, in relation to which it is a client team. The experts of the German publication Auto Motor und Sport analyzed the two races that preceded the summer break and came to the conclusion that the cars built in Maranello and Enstone have common shortcomings.
As the races of the first half of the season showed, Ferrari can beat Red Bull Racing only on tracks where a significant part of the circle is made up of straight sections. An ideal option for Scuderia is the Bahrain or Montreal type of track, where the lines are connected by turns with a short radius. Then the red cars are quite able to compete with Mercedes, and in the qualifications the advantage in power that distinguishes the Ferrari engine is fully manifested.
Renault cars also cope well with tracks that are characterized by short turns. The shorter they are, and the longer the straight lines, the more likely that the RS19 will be faster than the McLaren MCL34.
All this was confirmed during the races in Germany and Hungary. The Hungaroring was particularly uncomfortable for Ferrari and Renault, where there is only one normal straight line with a length of 790 m and 14 turns, actually following each other, most of which have a fairly long radius. In Hockenheim, the picture was somewhat different: the first two sectors were well suited and SF90, and RS19. But the stadium section is more like a Hungarian track, and on it both teams immediately lost.
Including because Ferrari and Renault rarely succeed in achieving the perfect balance of the chassis, which affects the work of rubber, which wears out more intensively than on rival cars. For example, in qualification, at the end of the lap the tires on the SF90 and RS19 were overheating, which led to serious loss of time in the last turns.
Also, both machines lack downforce compared to the technique of their direct rivals, which especially affected the Hungaroring, where the maximum downforce is needed. In particular, Renault lost to McLaren on all three sectors of the Hungarian highway, but most of all – on the second, consisting of eight turns and more than 2 km long.
In Maranello and Enstone, they have been working since the beginning of the season, trying to somehow fix the weaknesses of their cars, but it seems to have varying degrees of success. While almost all the technical innovations that Red Bull and McLaren represent are working with estimated efficiency.
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