Ferrari F1 “The mystery of the fluctuating performance of the next generation F1 machine has not been solved”[]

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Ferrari admits it has failed to solve the “real mystery” it faced to understand why performance has fluctuated so much in F1’s new ground effects era.

The 2022 next-gen F1 machine has brought many surprises this year. F1 teams can fall behind on race weekends when they were expecting much better results. On the other hand, there are teams that perform way beyond what looks good.

This year, the Ferrari F1 team sought an answer to this situation. After fighting recently at Spa-Francorchamps, he put in a much better performance at Monza. Both tracks should also require low downforce and good aerodynamic efficiency.

Ferrari F1 Team Principal Performance Engineer Jock Clear admits that even the best engineers on his team cannot fully explain why there are such inconsistencies in performance.

“Honestly, if I really knew these things, I would have had the silver bullet. These things are really hard to solve.”

“I think you’re talking about teams performing very well in the race and teams falling back, but there’s a real mystery behind it all that we can’t understand.”

“That is why this task is not easy, and that is why it is so interesting for all of you[les médias]and for all of us.”

Jock Clear admits the differences between Spa-Francorchamps and Monza cannot be fully explained, but as the team gain more experience with the car they have a better understanding of what is said to have started.

“Honestly, we don’t have all the answers and we still don’t understand exactly what happened at Spa,” Jock Clear said.

“We had some ideas and we obviously acted on them.”

“Coming to Monza, which is a circuit with less downforce but with a difference, like Spa, I feel like I have some understanding of what was going on at Spa.

“There may be more reveals later this year, but we are continually learning.”

“None of us know all the details because it has always been relatively sporty. There are a lot of areas where you have to make your best choice because you don’t know what the others are doing.

Jock Clear doesn’t think the new generation of ground effect cars will be particularly difficult to understand, but the fact that the rules are in their early stages means that by the time F1 teams fully understand them I think it means we have a long way to go.

“I think it’s just because it’s so new,” Jock Clear added.

“There is always a steep learning curve with any new development or new set of rules, and everyone is on that steep learning curve.”

“We saw it at the start of the year. A lot of people were saying to us ‘why is your car so fast at the start of the season?’ It’s a relative sport.”

“Maybe we just arrived with a better understanding of the situation, and some people just found out where their cars were.”

“It’s a big part of starting the season with the new regulations. There’s obviously a high performance aspect to the car package, but you also have to understand the car and the way the drivers drive it.”

“If you have a driver with the quality of Max (Verstappen), the quality of Charles (Leclerc), the quality of Carlos (Sainz), expect him to be there very soon.

“They are human beings, they work on their talents every day and they have improved over the last year. Maybe they understand better.”

“It all comes together in different proportions, different schedules, different teams. When it’s a relative sport, you never know all the answers.”

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