Red Bull Racing has expressed concern over Scuderia Ferrari’s pace in F1 pre-season testing after the Italian team was spotted coasting its car across the start-finish in order to hide its true pace.
Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel set one of the fastest times of the two week pre-season test, but lifted off the accelerator as he approached the finish line – likely to the dismay of rivals Mercedes-AMG and Red Bull.
“Ferrari is very strong and reliable as well,” Helmut Marko told ServusTV. “That’s the difference to last year.” “What worries me somewhat is I know Vettel very well. He provocatively lifted on his fastest lap on the start and finish straight. Everybody could tell.”
“And if you do something like this, then your self-confidence and the knowledge about having a lot more in the car is huge,” Marko added.
It’s also very possible that neither Mercedes-AMG nor Red Bull were showing their true pace during testing, however it was clear to see that Mercedes appeared the stronger team than Red Bull. It’s hard to call at this moment, but Marko thinks Ferrari was the strongest team in paddock on Barcelona.
“A lot has been kept in the dark. But if the (Australian GP) would have taken place with the same kind of temperatures we had (in testing) then Ferrari would be in front, for sure.”