Ferrari has been knocked off the front row by Red Bull Racing team at Chinese Grand Prix and then a first corner clash between Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen effectively ended its hope of taking the fight to Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.
Ferrari was already feeling the frustration and embarrassment at the Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen has seen his hopes of an F1 championship quickly evaporate after a first-corner collision with teammate Sebastian Vettel in Chinese Grand Prix. Both cars were damaged, but Vettel still finished second, behind the Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Raikkonen fighting back for the fifth slot.
But despite Nico Rosberg’s healthy leads in the titles stakes as the Mercedes driver took his third winning streak of the season, the team are taking nothing for granted as it feels that Ferrari’s true potential was not seen in the race and that Ferrari has yet to show its true color.
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff is still expecting the real threat from the main adversary to emerge in the coming rounds after three dominant wins in the opening three races for Mercedes. The Mercedes boss is well aware that the long season means the situation can change dramatically, and that Ferrari is still a major threat for the team.
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said in a statement, via the Motorsports.com. “They came a little bit conservative on the engine this weekend than in Bahrain and it’s just a matter of time. They tripped over each other at the start which heavily compromised their race, Vettel’s car was damaged twice in the race. If you consider where they were at the end of lap one and they ended second and fourth, this must be a satisfying result for them. They’re very much a competitor.”
Ferrari expects to threaten and ended Mercedes dominance this season but has now failed to live up to that expectation in Australia, Bahrain and more recently the Chinese Grand Prix.
A fatal tyre strategy had cost Sebastian Vettel a potential F1 championship in the Australian season-opener while Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen has retired with flames shooting out his car’s gearbox.
In Bahrain Grand Prix, Ferrari also has a bad start, with Vettel and Raikkonen faced so much trouble in their cars. China, a country where appeared to signal a change with the Italian racing giant topping every practice session except the first on Friday. Qualifying round saw both Ferrari drivers Vettel and Raikkonen made mistakes on the race track.
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