Laurent Meckies, Ferrari’s racing director, expects the team to fall behind Mercedes and McLaren to be the fourth best team at Baku.
Baku has the longest flat-out section on any F1 circuit, which is currently Ferrari’s weak point. The car seems to have good mechanical grip which will help is in some of the slower corners, but the aerodynamics can’t compete with Red Bull and Mercedes either. Mekies expects Ferrari to fight with McLaren, but possibly lose, as he believes the British team will be quicker this weekend.
“Now begins a part of the season that promises to be complicated for us,” Mekies said. “If in Spain the SF21 was clearly the third-best in the field and in Monaco even showed the potential to win, the situation is set to be different in the next races, starting with Baku.”
“Already this weekend we expect a very strong McLaren, which should adapt very well to the characteristics of the circuit and therefore take the leadership of the group behind the two teams fighting for the world championship.”
“Our main goal will be to express all the potential available and try to make the most of every opportunity. To use a football metaphor, we will try to make a good defense and hit on the counter-attack.”
Formula 1 heads to Baku this weekend for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.