Ferrari trust process as Red Bull ‘development war’ rumbles on

Ferrari set to debut first upgrades of the season this weekend after claiming Red Bull have developed in all five races in row over budget cap; “I trust the team,” says Carlos Sainz. “I trust what we are doing back at home.”; Watch Spanish GP all live on Sky Sports F1

Last Updated: 19/05/22 5:12pm

Ferrari are bringing their first upgrades to the Spanish GP this weekend
Ferrari are bringing their first upgrades to the Spanish GP this weekend

Carlos Sainz insists that he trusts Ferrari’s upgrade plans with their 2022 car amid a “development war” with Red Bull, with the Spanish GP set to provide a key next chapter in Formula 1’s gripping title fight.

F1’s top two have been closely matched all season but while Ferrari lead the championship, it is Red Bull who have surged ahead in recent weekends following updates to the RB18, winning both Imola and Miami to close in on the Scuderia, who have yet to bring new parts.

Following Max Verstappen’s latest win, there was a first sign of conflict between the two teams as Ferrari’s boss Mattia Binotto suggested that, because of F1’s cost cap limiting teams to spending $140m this year, Red Bull could not afford to develop much further.

Ferrari will introduce their first upgrades to their F1-75 car this weekend as they try to hit back, with a new floor expected. Sainz, speaking to the written media on Thursday, said he was happy with Ferrari’s patient approach.

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Simon Lazenby is joined by Damon Hill and Karun Chandhok to look ahead to the Spanish GP.
Simon Lazenby is joined by Damon Hill and Karun Chandhok to look ahead to the Spanish GP.

“After five races of development for Red Bull and zero for us, we were locking out the front row in Miami and in the fight for the win and the podium,” said Sainz.

“I trust the team, I trust what we are doing back at home. I think we have the right ideas.

“We are up against probably the strongest team in Formula 1 in Red Bull, they are going to be quick and they are a great challenge to have in front of us but we keep believing we can do it and we keep developing as much as we can.

“Let’s see if that’s enough.”

Upgrades in Barcelona are eagerly anticipated with Ferrari expected to close back in on Red Bull’s pace while Mercedes hope they can lift themselves back into contention with their own new package.

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Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok looks at the Circuit de Catalunya track ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok looks at the Circuit de Catalunya track ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

“We have plenty of time to recover,” added Sainz, who is only fifth in the drivers’ standings despite Ferrari’s speed.

“With an upgrade package coming, the car developing a bit hopefully I can get it a bit more to my liking and get the season going.”

Red Bull not interested in Ferrari claims

Red Bull have maintained that they haven’t developed “every race” like Ferrari suggest, with their only major package coming at the Emilia Romagna GP when Max Verstappen romped to victory and a one-two.

Team advisor Helmut Marko said in the Austrian press that he suspected Red Bull and Ferrari had spent similar amounts of money so far this season, cheekily pointing out Sainz’s multiple crashes which would affect budget.

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Sky Sports’ Karun Chandhok says Mercedes ‘have to start performing now’ if they want to have any chance of competing in either championship this season.
Sky Sports’ Karun Chandhok says Mercedes ‘have to start performing now’ if they want to have any chance of competing in either championship this season.

A spokesperson from Red Bull meanwhile told Sky Sports: “We are heavily focusing on efficiencies with both our process and our development strategies and how we apply those funds.

“We are being much more selective and strategic in what we choose to implement, based on its cost.”

The Spanish GP is all exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend, starting on Friday.

Why the ‘development war’ is so important

Sky Sports F1’s Karun Chandhok:

“I think the development war is very important, especially in this budget cap era.

“Unlike in the past, where they can just keep chucking more and more bits at it, teams have got to be really smart with their planning and their development.

“Every part that they manufacture and bring to the circuit has to add performance. They can no longer take a chance that it might add half a tenth, because they’re all capped to the same budget.”

Sky Sports F1’s full Spanish GP live schedule

Friday, May 20
8.30am: Formula 3 Practice
9.30am: F1 Drivers’ Press Conference
10.35am: Formula 2 Practice
12.30pm: Spanish GP Practice One (Session starts at 1pm)
2.25pm: Formula 3 qualifying
3.45pm: Spanish GP Practice Two (Session starts at 4pm)
5.25pm: Formula 2 qualifying
6.15pm: W Series Qualifying
7pm: The F1 Show

Saturday, May 21
9.55am: Formula 3 sprint race
11.45am: Spanish GP Practice Three (Session starts at 12pm)
1.20pm: W Series Race
2.25pm: Spanish GP Qualifying Build-Up
3pm: SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
4.35pm: Formula 2 sprint race
5.35pm: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook

Sunday, May 22
9am: Formula 3 feature race
10.35am: Formula 2 feature race
12.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday: Spain
2pm: THE SPANISH GRAND PRIX
4pm: Chequered Flag: Spain
5pm: Ted’s Notebook
6pm: Spanish GP Highlights

Source : Sky Sports