No it was simply the upgrades that Ferrari introduced after Singapore which also had the affect of taking away Ferrari's accelerating advantage which then lead to theories about the FIA having fitted another sensor and Ferrari were cheating all along etc. etc.j man wrote:There's something weird going on behind the scenes. It's as if the FIA banned something on the Ferrari and then allowed it back again now that the championship is pretty much over to prevent Mercedes from walking the last few races. I can't think of any other explanation, the change in Ferrari's competitiveness is much too big for it to just be circuit related.sandman1347 wrote:Did the FIA remove that sensor?pokerman wrote:It was said to be tyre related but Ferrari's extra speed on the straights seems to be back.sandman1347 wrote:My take as well. This is a track Hamilton has dominated and Bottas was nearly four tenths behind. Ferrari look like they are back on form. In the race I expect something similar to Italy after lap 1; with Vettel dealing with traffic while Hamilton and Raikkonen battle at the front. As such, race pace will be impossible to discern.Invade wrote: I gave qualifying to Ferrari, yeah. Haven't been able to really follow the weekend but I'm guessing there has been no particularly useful long running, but that doesn't necessarily translate to the race anyway.
Looks to me like Ferrari got Hammed.
It begs the question of what exactly explains Ferrari's abysmal qualifying performances in Russia and Japan.
The only other time I can recall seeing such a dramatic and sudden performance swing back and forth was the sudden banning and un-banning of exhaust blown diffusers during 2011.
Now they are back to Singapore spec once again we see Ferrari has having the fastest car, Hamilton very much stole another pole in Austin.