The curtain has just dropped on the 2019 season of the Formula 1 World Championship. For the teams that equipped Ferrari engines, it is time to sum things up. Alfa Romeo, Haas and Ferrari itself have not exactly been stellar in this championship.
Of the three teams, the Haas is the one that has suffered the most, after an extremely positive 2018 season that ended in a 5th place in the overall standings.
Based on a monocoque frame in carbon fibre designed by Dallara, the new VF-19 has as a motor a Ferrari 064 EVO V6 1.6 with 950 hp managed by a sequential eight-speed Ferrari gearbox.
Compared to the VF-18, the aerodynamics have undergone drastic updates. The adoption of a nose fitted with an S-duct and new nine-spoke wheels designed both to be light and to convey the air better on the tires helped greatly.
Entrusted to the drivers Kevin Magnusen and Romain Grojean, the car was catastrophically slow just to reach the top ten on very few occasions.
The poor performance was so evident that the main sponsor of the team, the British energy drink company Rich Energy, abandoned it shortly after the Italian GP, creating embarrassment.
If the Haas did not pass well, Ferrari has certainly not had the opportunity to celebrate this year and not because of the car's poor reliability.
Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc with the SF90
The new SF90 has in fact taken the already valid SF71H of 2018 to the extreme. By introducing more refined aerodynamics and the new 064 EVO V6 1.6 engine with 950 hp power managed by an eight-speed sequential gearbox the car had everything to have a stellar season.
Occasionally the car has indeed proved to be unquestionably performing, managing to keep up with the Mercedes-Benz W10 EQ Power + in some GPs, giving rise to victories in a row in Belgium, Italy and Singapore and giving Ferrari fans the least chance to overturn the fate of the world.
It was instead the umpteenth year in which the German team was superior and the causes are many.
Part of the blame is attributable to the team. Indeed guilty of never been able to fully exploit the car's potential, and also being completely incompetent by some races. For the races of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, the team proposed strategies that describing them as ridiculous would be the understatement of the year.
The pilots also have their responsibilities, with Vettel showing for the time being that he is unable to handle the pressure in difficult times by making mistakes that are too trivial but too decisive for the final classification.
Leclerc deserves a separate discussion in light of the fact that, although he made some gross mistakes due to his inexperience, he still managed to get two fastest laps, seven pole positions, seven podiums and two victories that inflamed the spirit of Ferrari drivers with duels as they had not seen for a long time.
Technical description of Ferrari SF90
Highlights of Belgian GP
Highlights of Italian GP
Singapore Gran Prix Highlights
ALFA ROMEO C38
The return of the Alfa Romeo to the maximum automobile championship was full of hope of restoring to its former glory with the new C38 being the central piece of this project.
But unfortunately, like the Haas VF-19 and the Ferrari SF90, the C38 also shared the mechanic based on the Ferrari 064 EVO engine and a refined design compared to the previous Sauber C37.
As runners, the experienced Kimi Raikkonen was reconfirmed and with, as the second driver, Antonio Giovinazzi (already a Sauber driver for the first two races of the 2017 season).
Overall the team reconfirmed the performance of the previous year, closing the championship again in eighth place, but several errors of strategy, of clamorous errors during pit stops and Giovinazzi's inexperience, at the end weighed on the result.
Promotional video of the Alfa Romeo C38
I think that out of the three teams, Alfa Romeo Racing was the one that disfigured the least given that the Haas had a disastrous regression of results and Ferrari missed out on yet another world championship. There is a need to spend the months that separate us from the next season for a profound examination of conscience if we want to resolve the situation.
Thank you to Valentina Zanola and Alessandro Renesis for the cooperation