Once it was established that Ferrari was a serious threat to Mercedes at the start of the 2017 season, the big question was always whether it could keep up the development pace. Based on the evidence of Friday practice at Silverstone, the doubts remain and there will be some furrowed brows in the Ferrari garage.
Silverstone is a slightly unusual circuit, with ultra-fast corners like Copse, Becketts/Maggotts and Abbey posing a different challenge for the 2017 breed of F1 cars. While the average speed of Silverstone is actually slightly slower than what we saw in Austria last week, no track has been so demanding of high-speed poise.
To date, the Ferrari has been a fantastic all-rounder. At every circuit, the car has been very strong through a wide range of conditions, but there are two hints that this might be a little different at Silverstone.