Glaring Statistic Proves Ferrari are the Only F1 Team to Have Gone Backwards This Season

Published 07/31/2021, 8:35 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga


Scuderia Ferrari had a disastrous season last year. The Italian team failed to register a single win in 2020, making it their worst season in Formula 1 for over 40 years. The Maranello-based team, who boasts of a record 16 constructor’s championships, could only muster a P6 finish in 2020.

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Although it was expected that after having a dreadful 2020 season, they would head into the new season with major upgrades. And while the team seem to have improved from last year, statistics showed that Ferrari are the only team on the grid to lose pace since the start of the season.

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Ferrari, the only team to go backward this season

According to the graph presented by Amazon Web Services, during the free practice 1 at the Hungarian GP, Ferrari have lost an average time of 0.06 seconds since round one at Bahrain. The rest of the teams have all recorded an average speed gain.

However, the Italian outfits have certainly improved from last season; they have already secured two podiums this season at Monte Carlo and Silverstone. With the new car regulation to take force from next season, Ferrari will hope to close the gap with this year’s title contenders, Red Bull and Mercedes.

High temperature hampered Ferrari performance: Carlos Sainz

Ferrari showed impressive pace all weekend at last race weekend in Silverstone. The Reds were on the verge of securing their first victory of the season, but they had to make peace with a P2 in the end.

However, during the free practice sessions at Budapest, the Maranello-based team struggled for pace as compared to their rivals. Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz who finished FP1 fourth but the evening practice session at P12 reckoned that the high temperatures have hampered the Ferrari performance.

“Yes, it was a bit of a strange one. I guess in FP1 we were quite happy with how everything went then FP2 was a bit of a weird one because the car didn’t feel any worse, or it didn’t feel particularly bad, it’s just that the others managed to be improved.” said the Spaniard.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga.

Moreover, the Ferrari driver prays for rain after a poor performance from Ferrari on Friday. As quoted by the official Formula 1 website, when asked if he welcomed the rain at Hungaroring this weekend, Carlos Sainz replied: “I think I like it, first of all, and it should help.”

“It should help everyone because the temperatures we were running in today make the Formula 1 cars and tyres very, very on the limit but hopefully a bit more to us, I wish, at least,” said Carlos Sainz.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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