We are probably witnessing the greatest staging ever managed by the Italians, with Ferrari doing writing and directing, and an animation of Binotto, Vettel and Charles.
At this instant and since the start of the trials, Ferrari has remained in its bubble, where nobody really knew what is going on with this new 2020 car.
We got an abundance of pessimistic comments and reflections from Binotto who affirms that their car is not yet ready. On top of that, the FIA announcement and the secret deal with Ferrari were brought to public in a very shady atmosphere on the part of all the protagonists.
The media devoted to Formula 1 speak of a Ferrari ready to abandon its 2020 program to focus fully on the year 2021, if ever the start of this season does not meet their expectations.
Nobody on the side of the Italian press talks about the 2019 Ferrari scandal, and even if it dares to bring it up, it is not to say much. Yet the Italian media are known to be unbiased sharks of criticism.
Articles speaking of the Coronavirus appear every day to add spice to the news, still aiming to avert the attention from the experts of this cheating scandal at Ferrari. And to avoid focusing the attention on what the Scuderia could hide for this beginning of the 2020 season in Australia. In any case, we are witnessing an incredible theatrical performance on the part of the red team.
Ferrari has known the FIA decision for weeks and already predicts that their car will be fast in Australia, but they’re reserved to moment of pretend. Recall the scandal of 2019 in Melbourne where everyone believed that the Scuderia will be formidable, until they ended up achieving mediocre 4th and 5th places at the close of the Grand Prix. Nevertheless, this year Ferrari would like to return to the front of the stage, but in the manner of the adults. Red Bull team manager Christian Horner said it would be “stupid” to underestimate the potential of the Ferrari in Formula 1 this season, despite its moderate pace within the trials.
Ferrari has finished many trial sessions far from the top of the timesheet, although Charles Leclerc signed a lead in the standings on C5 tires on the last day, giving an inside look of the potential speed of the SF1000.
Ferrari manager Mattia Binotto preferred minimizing the team’s chances of winning in Australia as they try to find the right balance between support and drag. But Horner believes that Ferrari will likely be at the forefront at the start of the season. “Ferrari looked discreet during the trials, but I think it would be foolish to underestimate them in Melbourne.”
We are witnessing a very strategic start to the season from the Italians. They surely did not put as much investment on one evening of presentation with great fanfare and so much preparation between the winter of 2019 and 2020 so that in the end we witness a withdrawal as unusual as can be.
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|Australia GP||15 March|
|02h00 - 03h30||Free practice 1|
|04h00 - 05h30||Free practice 2|
|04h00 - 05h00||Free practice 3|