Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri has backed the Scuderia’s team principal Mattia Binotto to turn the team’s flagging fortunes around after the red cars suffered a fifth defeat to Mercedes in as many races this year at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Mercedes have begun 2019 with five one-two finishes in as many races, with Ferrari’s efforts hampered by strategic indecision and the SF90’s failure to match the W10 through the corners, despite its straight-line advantage.

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A comprehensive loss to Mercedes in the Spanish Grand Prix further exposed the limitations of Ferrari’s 2019 challenger, as its rival finished first and second in all five races so far in 2019.

Despite aerodynamic upgrades and a new engine, Ferrari remains unable to unlock the potential its SF90 has only shown in glimpses this season.

Asked by Motorsport.com if the weaknesses Ferrari found at Barcelona were different to the opening races, team principal Mattia Binotto said: “The limitations that we got were present already in the first races of the season.

“I think the entire weekend certainly emphasised it, and [the weaknesses] were straightforward and obvious. How long it will take [to solve] is difficult to answer. I think more important for us is to understand how to address them. Then I am pretty sure we can do it quickly.”

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In Barcelona paddock, there was an interesting dialogue between Toro Rosso’s driver Daniil Kyat and his (former) boss Dr Helmut Marko.

Kvyat, the former Red Bull Racing driver, was left without a seat at the Red Bull F1 program, after a series of incidents in the 2017 season.

This year, the Russian driver won a second chance with the team from Faenza, but obviously, the old offenses are not yet completely forgotten.

In Paddock, before the race for the Spanish Grand Prix, Marko and Kvyat became involved in an interesting dialogue …

Marko: “Do you still have a magnet with you that brings you an accident at every race?”

Kvyat: “No, I obviously forgot it in Milton Keynes.”

Marko: “If this happens again, you could go to Lourdes. It may help you. ”

Kvyat: “I prefer hard work.”

It was a great moment from the champion himself Sebastian Vettel on his way out of the circuit leaving his car in the side to help some fans up to the hill…

 

 

The 49th Spanish GP takes place this Sunday at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, well known to all the drivers who rack up big mileage here during pre-season testing.

The track is a mix of fast and slow corners and Turn 3 is especially demanding, requiring a well-balanced car. The final part used to be very quick, but for several years now it features a slow chicane which leads onto the start-finish straight.

Win number 50 with Niki. The Spanish GP has had several homes since it was first held in 1951. Ferrari has won this race 12 times, the first victory dating back to 1954 at Pedralbes courtesy of Mike Hawthorn.

The race was back on the calendar in 1968 at Jarama, on the outskirts of Madrid and it was here in 1974 that Ferrari won, with Niki Lauda at the wheel of a 312 B3-74, making it a hat-trick, with the victory, pole position and fastest race lap.

Gilles’ train set. The last time the Spanish GP was held in Jarama was 1981, when Gilles Villeneuve produced one of the most special drives of his career. In the 126 CK, the Canadian drove an incredible race, keeping a train of cars behind him that were quicker in the corners, but down the straights when the Ferrari engine was able to keep the 27 car out of reach.

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According to the Italian magazine Auto Moto, Ferrari will present at the next race in Spain the new paint of its SF90 car, which will include special nano-technology.

The new paint should contain special nanoparticles that aim at achieving lower temperatures and a better distribution of heat at the Ferrari car.

Ferrari will also bring a new aerodynamic upgrade package to Barcelona, while Maranello squad also decided to run the new Power Unit.

Scuderia already brought a major upgrade package for Azerbaijan GP, with which did not fully meet the high expectations. Ferrari introduced completely new rear wing, modified front wing in the Baku, and at the same time, most of the small aerodynamic elements at the air intakes were changed.

With the new aero package, they want to solve, in particular, Ferrari problems with overheating of softer versions of Pirelli tires.

David Schumacher [US Racing], the son of former Formula 1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, is the winner of the Euro F3 regional championship race on the Vallelunga track near Rome.

Schumacher defeated the grandson of Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi and Ferrari’s driver’s academy Enzo Fittipaldi’s driver, while David’s teammate Marcos Siebert took third place.

After the start of the pole position, David Schumacher defended all the attacks of Fittipaldi and won with a solid performance, while Fittipaldi held the lead in the overall F3 Series standings.

RESULTS

1David SchumacherUS Racing31m43.376s
2Enzo FittipaldiPrema+0.614s
3Marcos SiebertUS Racing+7.182s
4Joey MawsonVan Amersfoort Racing+9.924s
5Frederik VestiPrema+10.441s
6Raul GuzmanDR Formula by RP Motorsport+10.777s
7Igor FragaDR Formula by RP Motorsport+17.240s
8Olli CaldwellPrema+17.661s
9Sophia FloerschVan Amersfoort Racing+17.998s
10Matteo NanniniScuderia DF Corse by Corbetta+20.112s
11Isac BlomqvistKIC Motorsport+27.571s
12Konsta LappalainenKIC Motorsport+31.427s
13Alexandre BardinonMas du Clos Racing+48.484s
14Sharon ScolariScoRace Team+1m27.629s