Formula 1
Formula 1
24 Oct
-
27 Oct
Event finished
01 Nov
-
03 Nov
Event finished
14 Nov
-
17 Nov
Event finished
28 Nov
-
01 Dec
Event finished
R
Australian GP
12 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
88 days
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
95 days
R
Vietnamese GP
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
109 days
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
123 days
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
137 days
07 May
-
10 May
Next event in
144 days
21 May
-
24 May
Next event in
158 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
172 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
179 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
193 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
200 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
214 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
Next event in
228 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
256 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
263 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
Next event in
277 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
284 days
08 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
298 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
312 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
319 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
333 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
Next event in
347 days

Wolff dismisses "easy story" of Ferrari upgrade impact

shares
comments
Wolff dismisses "easy story" of Ferrari upgrade impact
By:
Sep 24, 2019, 8:28 AM

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff says he does not believe the "easy story" that Ferrari's latest upgrades were key to its surprise Singapore Grand Prix triumph.

A raft of updates appeared on Ferrari’s SF90 in Singapore, including a new floor, diffuser, rear wing, nose and Mercedes-pioneered “cape” section.

That coincided with Charles Leclerc qualifying on pole and Sebastian Vettel winning the grand prix, despite the circuit sharing the same high-downforce characteristics as Hungary, where Vettel admitted Ferrari was “completely destroyed”.

Wolff insisted that “the resurgence of Ferrari in Singapore is not linked with any upgrades”.

“That's the easy story that is told,” he said. “I think it is about having a strong package overall and getting things right.

“They tuned the car for one lap, which was powerful [in qualifying]. You could see that they were nowhere in race pace but very quick from the get-go.

“If we would've had less safety cars, we would've had a good car at the end and maybe an opportunity to even win the race. But it wasn't the right strategy, it wasn't the right calls.”

For PRIME users:

The Ferraris looked very comfortable over the bumps in Singapore, which is a key element to a quick laptime there, while its chief rival Mercedes also had difficulty with tyre warm-up around the long lap.

“I think this is not about upgrades, this is about doing the best out of the package,” Wolff stressed.

“They have a tremendously powerful engine, which is an important ingredient that allows you maybe more strategic choices on set-up, but this is no excuse."

Leclerc took pole despite admitting he almost crashed “two or three times” around the lap, which marked a huge step in performance from the two main points of comparison from earlier this season.

In Monaco, Ferrari was 0.781s off the pace in qualifying, and it was 0.471s from pole in Hungary.

Though Ferrari was pleased with the performance of its Singapore upgrades as it seeks to add greater peak downforce to its aerodynamically-efficient car, team principal Mattia Binotto believes other elements were at play as well.

“The aero upgrades have been a step forward, but that cannot explain all what we’ve seen,” he said.

“I think that Singapore is still a very specific circuit, with the walls, so drivers make the difference with their confidence.

“The car balance has improved since the last races. And the tyres as well. It was a different type of compounds, compared to the normal races, and probably we made them work properly.”

Next article
Brawn responds to driver criticism of F1 format proposals

Previous article

Brawn responds to driver criticism of F1 format proposals

Next article

F1 teams shown revised '21 designs with 'plane-like' wings

F1 teams shown revised '21 designs with 'plane-like' wings
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Event Singapore GP
Sub-event Race
Teams Mercedes Shop Now , Scuderia Ferrari
Author Scott Mitchell