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Reviews: 25 hp less! Ferrari rages over BoP change in WEC title fight

Binotto: That needs Carlos Sainz in the second half of the season with Ferrari

 Binotto: That needs Carlos Sainz in the second half of the season with Ferrari © Motorsport Images A smooth weekend lacks Carlos Sainz as a Ferrari pilot in his first half of the season as Ferrari pilot Carlos Sainz was able to the pace of his teammate Charles Leclerc Take well from the first race. In the overall standings, the Spaniard is in six three points before the middle class. Despite his impressive start in the new team, Sainz is missing. "What I expect from him in the second half, he, I believe, I already said," says Ferrari team boss Mattia Bombotto.

Die AF-Corse-Ferraris müssen eine drastische Leistungsreduktion bei den 6h Bahrain hinnehmen © Motorsport Images The AF Corse Ferraris suffered a drastic power reduction at the 6h Bahrain

Large discussion in the paddock of Bahrain: The Ferrari 488 GTE Evo is before the doubles final of the long-range been World Championship (WEC) braked so that stimulates at AF Corse large displeasure. ( All information on the 6h Bahrain 2021 )

The Ferrari 488 GTE Evo travels since start of the season with a boost pressure of up to 1.81 bar for the 3.9-liter V8 turbo engine. The exception was this the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1.75 bar maximum), where the automated Balance of Performance (BoP) does not apply and own used.

has now been reduced cash boost to 1.73 in the forefront - to 0.08 bar, across the entire power band. According to a statement from Ferrari, the change will cost 25 hp. That would be significantly more permits than the automated BoP. Here are provided a maximum of 10 kilowatts (13.6 horsepower) changes.

Ferrari team boss: Giovinazzi "deserves formula-1 cockpit" for 2022

 Ferrari team boss: Giovinazzi © Motorsport Images Antonio Giovinazzi: He is still under contract at Alfa Romeo, but what happens 2022? Only one cockpit is still available for the Formula 1 season 2022 : at Alfa Romeo. And his engine partners Ferrari has an interest in that his squadriver Antonio Giovinazzi continues to reach the steering wheel there. But Ferrari team boss Mattia binotto emphasizes: his brand has no talking right (more) at the cockpit allocation of Alfa Romeo.

Analyse Topspeed 24h Le Mans 2021 Testtag und Rennen © smg / Stritzke Analysis top speed 24h Le Mans 2021 test day and race

The only explanation: The long haul Committee of the FIA ​​has used the so-called "Black Ball" clause. This provides that once a season unscheduled into automated BoP may be encroached upon. it has been applied so far only once in August 2018 .

Has Ferrari cheated at the 24h Le Mans?

FIA and ACO have given so far not comment on why it was done so - or whether Ferrari exaggerates in his remarks. Information of '' that the measure is related to a possible sandbagging by Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans related.

, where Ferrari had driven the test day bar still at 1.79 and only in the race with 1.75 bar. Nevertheless, the top speed in the race at eleven km / h was higher than during the test. Although some of them can be on the lee explain from the one in the race usually has more than during testing. But eleven km / h with less boost pressure were FIA ​​and ACO probably too much of a good thing.

Carlos Sainz: Is P8 a success for Ferrari - or annoying?

 Carlos Sainz: Is P8 a success for Ferrari - or annoying? © Motorsport Images Carlos Sainz in Ferrari SF21 on intermediate tires in the race Carlos Sainz knew before the weekend in Turkey, which would expect him at the Formula 1 race in Istanbul: a catch-up. Because Ferrari sent him with a new powertrain to the start, connected to a starting place penalty. And in the end P8 stands for Sainz in the Grand Prix - but is that a success or disappointment? Sainz itself indicates, he "regret nothing". On the contrary: "It was a very positive day.

For comparison: Porsche improved without BoP changes from test day to race only by five km / h. Both Ferraris and Porsches both reached both on the test day and the race to the first decimal place exactly the same Topspeedwerte, so that a single effect is excluded. Porsche drove in Le Mans with two 30.7 millimeter air restrictors, Bahrain 30.8.

Of course, the rule makers have much more detailed insight into the acceleration capability of the individual cars have. If indeed a sandbagging by Ferrari should have been present, the question arises how such a bias could remain throughout the season unnoticed.

Ferrari won the 24-hour race before Corvette. Porsche had no chance in the race but after all, gained the third and fourth one. The Le Mans winner Calado and Pier Guidi arrive with a lead of twelve points in the overall standings at Kevin Estre and Neel Jani.

Pier Guidi: That's not fair

Back to Bahrain. That the change at Ferrari is not well received, understood. "Ferrari sees itself now forced to adopt a defensive strategy after balance-of-performance parameters were announced, the automated BoP override", says the statement of Redden.

"Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado will have to use a strategy that is focused on minimizing the power deficit. And on a track with 64.5 percent of full-throttle percentage."

Pier Guidi adds: "I like to win races on the track or losing But this decision seems to me very questionable We are in no position to defend our leadership I do not think that's fair, but.... we do not give up and will do our best to get the title. "

In automated BoP, which applies only to the races outside of Le Mans, there had been a change to the detriment of Porsche ahead of the 6 Hours of Monza. Surprisingly, Porsche succeeded but the away win at the Autodromo Nazionale. So far, the AF Corse Ferrari # 51 (Pier Guidi / Calado) and the Porsche have gained # 92 (Estre / Jani) alternately the races.

because of unclear rules: Ferrari is not testing in Fiorano with the previous year's car .
© Motorsport Images Whether Ferrari is allowed to drive with the SF21 in Fiorano, remained unclear shortly before the start of the test on the new Formula 1 season Ferrari this week a four-day test on its test track in Fiorano. In doing so, the previous year's car SF21 should be used, but shortly before the start of the test, the racing team had to change its original plans. The reason: It was not clear if you can actually use a car from the past year.

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