Despite admirable performances from BAR and Renault at the Spanish Grand Prix, Ferrari demonstrated that it will be very hard to beat this year, writes CAR deputy editor John Bentley.
Five in a row, and all set for a sixth.... it seems as though nothing can stop the red tide. At the recent Alex Blignaut Memorial Dinner in Johannesburg, Ferrari designer Rory Byrne told the audience that his cars would most certainly be beaten sometime this season. The rate of development of all the players and the different characters of the circuits would virtually guarantee that, he said.
After Spain, one can be forgiven for questioning that prediction. Barcelona is a circuit that was meant to suit some of the opposition, notably BAR and Renault. And both teams did show their potential: Jarno Trulli led from the start and Jenson Button was on course for a front-row grid slot until he got it wrong at Campsa.
But, even with everything going right for the two challenging teams, they would never have been a match for Schumacher and Ferrari. Perhaps Barrichello could have been beaten, but the six-times world champ was always out of reach.
But, as I've said before, don't blame Ferrari. Or BAR and Renault, who have made admirable progress this year. The culprits in this instance are the two big-name teams, Williams and McLaren, who have been nothing short of woeful. BMW executives must be gnashing their teeth after yet another mediocre performance from the hammerhead Williams FW26.
And McLaren is admitting that it will take at least six months to affect a successful redesign of the problematic MP4/19. Meanwhile, the red domination continues, making F1 a yawn, even for the tifosi.
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