Sebastian Vettel suffered a suspension failure, and Charles Leclerc was on a bad strategy, but was that all that defined the lack of pace from the scarlet red team? Well if you believe the words of Max Verstappen who spoke during the post-race presentation ceremony that this is what happens when people are stopped from cheating sighting the piece of technical directive offered by the FIA before the race regarding a technical regulation with respect to the fuel flow sensor and the Power Unit (PU)
The Ferraris were believed to have been using a phenomenon of leaking oil into the intercooler which then uses it in the combustion chamber for giving the cars a massive boost in the straights, that advantage at some tracks around 8/10 of a second per lap which when comes down to qualifying is a pretty high superiority.
The rival teams have tried to understand the engine deployment program and the telemetry of the Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) which are responsible for putting the power in the battery so as to go with a similar ideologies in the development of their engine modules and power unit packages where gaining such a high advantage is very difficult for as it is these machines run on the limit of the availability and technical expertise.
Mattia Binotto the team principal of Ferrari said in a press release after the race that he had read about some drivers' making unverified comments about his team using unfair means to gain an advantage over the rivals and claimed that they had no proof of any wrongdoing and making such comments were not beneficial both for the individual as well as the sport. He also tried to explain that the race pace was lost as they were running a high downforce package that weekend in order to minimize the deficit that they have to Red Bulls and Mercedes in the corners, and that is why their peak performance on the straights had taken a beating. With two races still to go in the season, it will be very interesting to see which way does the balance way in this game of blames and counter blames when it comes to playing with the technical regulations and finding soft lines around the hard rules.
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