Racing Point puzzled by 'strange' Ferrari disparity

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Racing Point puzzled by 'strange' Ferrari disparity

Racing Point technical director Andy Green admits to being puzzled by Ferrari's qualifying pace of late relative to the Italian outfit's performance on Sundays.

Charles Leclerc qualified fifth at the Tuscany GP and lined up fourth on the grid at the Eifel GP, the Scuderia's best result since last summer's British GP.

But come race day, the Italian outfit falls down the running order while Racing Point almost always improves in race trim on its relative pace in qualifying.

"There is definitely something to look at in the way that other teams seem to be able to find pace in qualifying on a Saturday afternoon that we don’t seem to have," said Green.

"A good example of that is Ferrari. I don’t know where they get their pace from on a Saturday afternoon. But on Sunday, they’re a good half a second behind us, which is very strange.

"It’s something that we definitely are looking at and I think it’s true. It’s always going to be a lot closer on a Saturday afternoon anyway, just because of the way things are.

"But we do seem to move forward on a Sunday afternoon."

Green believes Racing Point's relative strength on Sundays is partly rooted in the team's efficient tyre management.

"It’s just the way you’re using the tyres," he said. "I think that’s where we focus on, that we’re getting the best out of our tyres on Sunday afternoon and not abusing one end of the car or the other just to get a good balance for a Saturday afternoon.

"If that balance isn’t right there on a Saturday afternoon, we won’t go chasing it at the expense of ruining our Sunday afternoon.

"I’m sure other teams to do the same, but there seems to be a bit more than that. We’re missing something else on a Sunday afternoon, which is something we’ll have a look at."

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'Realistic' McLaren not expecting wins in first year with Mercedes

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl says the Woking-based outfit must remain "realistic" and not expect to contend for... The post 'Realistic' McLaren not expecting wins in first year with Mercedes appeared first on F1i.com.

'Realistic' McLaren not expecting wins in first year with Mercedes

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl says the Woking-based outfit must remain "realistic" and not expect to contend for race wins in its first year with future engine supplier Mercedes.

McLaren will trade its current Renault power unit for a Mercedes engine from 2021, the pair reviving a relationship that previously yielded 78 Grands Prix wins and three drivers titles between 1995 and 2013.

While McLaren will have access to arguably the best engine on the grid next season, the switch won't automatically propel the papaya squad into the winner's circle insists Seidl.

"No, we need to be realistic," said the German.

"The main thing for me is that we simply keep evolving as a team, which means also we make the next step with the car because that is the only way to get to the front again in Formula 1.

"Of course, with everything I see what is happening back home, the changes that are coming, the development side, it looks encouraging in order to make the next step with the car."

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McLaren's performance has been in an uptrend since last season, when the team concluded its 2019 campaign in fourth place in the Constructors' standings.

This year, Formula 1's second most successful outfit is in a fierce battle for third in the championship along with rivals Racing Point and Renault.

Seidl is happy with McLaren's sustained progress but underscores the need for the team to maintain its momentum in light of its opposition's own step forward.

"We are happy, but at the same time we should never underestimate that the competition is working as hard as we do and have also a lot of potential," he added.

"Our aim is clear: we want to improve and hopefully we are in a position to put up some good races and some good fights, but it is clear we need to be realistic.

"There is no way to make suddenly a jump and challenge the Mercedes cars."

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