On the final lap of the primary Components 1 grand prix of the season, as he was driving to victory, Charles Leclerc informed an engineer there was “one thing unusual” occurring together with his engine. Perhaps he was making gentle of Pink Bull’s engine failures within the race, however extra instantly it is a reference to 2019 in Bahrain, when he was successful and there was one thing, certainly, mistaken together with his engine, slowing him to 3rd. However there was nothing mistaken together with his engine this time. This time, it was only a joke between mates.
Leclerc and Ferrari have been dominant in Bahrain by nearly each metric, with Leclerc qualifying in pole place, Leclerc getting the quickest lap within the race, Leclerc successful the race, and Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz ending second. Ferrari’s solely blemish this previous weekend, in case you can name it that, was Sainz ending third in qualifying, behind Leclerc and final yr’s champion Max Verstappen.
Ferrari, who completed a distant third final yr within the constructors’ championship and who hasn’t gained a constructors’ title because the days of Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen, is seemingly again.
“Ferrari is again,” Sainz mentioned after the race“and it’s correctly again with a 1-2.”
In the meantime, Ferrari’s workforce principal Mattia Binotto was a bit of extra circumspect.
“And if I take a look at the primary stint of Max, on used tires, he was maintaining the tempo of Charles. So I feel we should always not overlook that these ones are the world champion, they’re nonetheless the favourites, and I feel what we are able to attempt to do is to do our greatest,” Binotto mentioned, “Jeddah in per week’s time could be a fully totally different image and I feel we have to wait at the very least 4 or 5 races to see the true image.”
Ferrari, certainly, was the beneficiary of some success on Sunday, with the Mercedes automobiles going decisively slower, and the Pink Bull automobiles unable to finish the course, and the McLaren automobiles barely exhibiting up in any respect. It is also true that Sunday’s outcomes have been a bit everywhere in the map, with Kevin Magnusson of Haas ending fifth on a workforce that was the worst final yr, and Valtteri Bottas ending sixth for an Alfa Romeo workforce that was second-worst final yr. Aston Martin, in the meantime, was anticipated to select up loads of factors this yr, however picked up precisely zero of them on Sunday for the constructors’ championship, its drivers ending twelfth and seventeenth. In some ways, when you get previous the highest 4, the ends in Bahrain have been simply bizarre.
So, maybe Ferrari simply hit on the proper time, or maybe that is the yr that Ferrari has lengthy been planning for and it’s beginning to reap the fruit of its labors. Actually, although, it did not really feel like a fluke, with Ferrari passing almost each check it was introduced with. It is nearly like Ferrari has executed this earlier than.