Steal even if they penalize you –

It will be released last this Sunday because Ferrari will change the power unit, even if they don’t want to say it in public yet. Only the top ten penalty posts have been confirmed for a brand new switchboard. And that comes from two fires, one light and media for winning the British GP as Leclerc and some press raised eyebrows; and another literal, Austria, who have fallen like a slab in their aspirations for this season. But no matter, Carlos Sainz always emerges victorious. The Madrilenian led the time of the French GP after the first day of training with a tenth over his teammate and half a second over Verstappen. In the echoes of the eternal debate of the priority drivers on which certain satellites of Maranello insist so much, here is the winner at Silverstone.

It’s true that this weekend it’s not worth much to be fast over a lap, because his passage in qualifying will be convincing and he will start from the bottom of the grid. The most important thing is to adjust the slight improvements of the F1-75 (a new floor) and to work on the rhythm of the race with adverse weather conditions to prepare a return which should bring him closer to the podium, although perhaps the third place is too ambitious a goal. The Paul Ricard weather station measures 32°C in the air and 55°C on the track. But it must be buried underground: the actual thermal sensation exceeds 40ºC and it will be a challenge for the engines and the tyres. Tire degradation will condition the weekend with two- or three-stop strategies, like at Spielberg. Will the barbecues also be repeated?

McLaren and Alpha Tauri, improvements and progress

Although qualifying gives Ferrari some advantage, Verstappen’s race pace says otherwise. The RB18 also debuts flat bottom detailing, one of the most aggressive in “pit lane”. In the meantime, it doesn’t look like Mercedes are any closer at a circuit that should help them, smooth and with medium-speed corners. For now, those who are progressing are McLaren and Alpha Tauri, consolidated in the top 10 because they have not been seen for a long time. It will be a consequence of the evolutions, they bring more than anyone to this circuit because, it must also be said, their factories had been less than splendid during the previous grand prix.

As for Alpine, after hearing Ocon speak of “impressive” improvements, it was chilling to find the two blue cars outside the theoretical points. Alonso set the 11th fastest time more than a second and a half off the lead and the local rider was 18th, far behind his compatriot and direct rival this weekend, Gasly (7th). The parts in question are a few details on the front of the floor. In any case, evolutions rarely work the first time in Formula 1.

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