MADRID – Of the four series of Formula 1 in 2010, Ferrari‘s performance has not been convincing. With the target to be champions, they have not shown signs of dominance. In the constructors ‘and drivers’ standings, The cavallino rampante team has not been able to master top of the standings.
Of the four in series, the best Ferrari result win only once. It was booked by Fernando Alonso on first series in Shakir Circuit, Bahrain, 14 March. Ferrari second drivers Felipe Massa was also finished second.
However, Ferrari success on the first series can not be used as a reference that they will appear superior to the next races. Because, Alonso successfully won the race can not be separated from engine problems experienced by Red Bull-Renault driver Sebastian Vettel. When he was far superior than Alonso in the middle of the race, his RB6 car suddenly lost power, his spark plug caused the problem. If only Vettel did not have a problem, maybe that time will not be a Ferrari 1-2 finish.
The proof, in the next three races, while its rivals were able to show the best performance, Ferrari did not win even once. In a race in Australia, Malaysia, and China anyway, F10 only once finishing in the top three. That accounted by Massa who finished third in the second series in Australia.
With a condition like that, this time Ferrari was in oppressed position to seize victory. If they can manifest winning, they should get ready for the more distant from the seizure of world championship competition, drivers and constructors.
Well, this weekend is appropriate moment for Ferrari to show off when Formula 1 back to Europe along with the Spanish grand prix at Barcelona’s Circuit. "Actually, this was the beginning of the first fight. Believe me," Alonso said as quoted by ESPN.
"This is proof of who actually prepared in the championship hunt. A proof, which team can develop a better car, faster than its rivals," he added.
With the fundamental regulatory changes associated with refueling ban and a smaller front tire, 12 teams have to improve their car’s along the four early races. Mercedes Grand Prix team, for example, in the end find that the W01 weight distribution is not as expected. As a result, seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher is not able to compete. Ferrari continued to make improvements on the aerodynamics.
Three weeks pause from GP China to GP Spanish become an opportunity for F1 teams to improve their car. If one team is not competitive in Barcelona, they’re threatened to be experiencing it in the next few series. This is because the schedule is very close in the European series.
In addition, Alonso evaluate that, four initial races can not be a reference to determine the competition winner. Because, almost all the race is always accompanied with the changing weather. With the exception of Bahrain, the other three series is rain. That happens in practice sessions, qualifying, and race. Under such conditions, luck plays a larger factor to determine the outcome of the race. "Now, there is no change in the weather, changing conditions, and instability," said Alonso.
Ferrari himself had set up some package changes for this weekend. One of the most prominent is their decision to use the system’s aerodynamics which are similar to McLaren-Mercedes, M-Duct. Not only that. Changes are also made to the installation of mirror position. In fact, Massa will get a new chassis with a code number 284.
Interesting to wait how the modifications change the race result for Ferrari this weekend. If they fail again in chasing McLaren and Red Bull-Renault, it seems they must get ready to say goodbye to the world championship.