It’s fair to say that the “new” Nürburgring is no match for its older iteration – the daunting Nordschleife – in terms of bravey or intimidation.
But the track nevertheless provides drivers with some interesting challenges around its 5.1km layout.
It’s high-downforce profile puts the emphasis on a car’s handling rather than its straight-line speed, and a glance at the speed trap readings from qualifying confirms that fact and an interesting evidence regarding Ferrari.
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Unsurprisingly, save for Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi, all Ferrari-powered cars lingered at the bottom of the speed trap readings on Saturday, confirming once again the significant lack of muscle of the Italian manufacturer’s power unit.
However, Charles Leclerc’s solid P4 performance in qualifying is a clear indication of the progress achieved by the Scuderia’s SF1000 thanks to its latest upgrades.
Come on Ferrari, get those horses prancing!
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