Is downforce still the problem for Ferrari even after the new updates in Baku? Also why is the team generally slower than expected?
Rahul Bharadwak, via Twitter
It's not just downforce, it's a bit of everything. As Sebastian Vettel says, he still doesn't feel confident in the car so he's reluctant to push it to the limit - and Charles Leclerc paid the price in Baku qualifying for doing just that.
Downforce overpowers most of the other criteria that make up a car's performance, but it needs to be usable downforce. That is really what Vettel is saying: somewhere in the package the Ferrari has something that is creating peaky downforce that means the drivers can't rely on it.
During testing at Barcelona and during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, the car was working outside that too-critical aerodynamic window and it was fast. In Australia, and to a certain extent China and at least for Vettel's car in Azerbaijan, it was in the bad spot.
In Baku, Leclerc could have been at least on the front row and the fact that the car was better for both of them in the race shows that it is the aerodynamic window it is working in, mainly in qualifying, that brings out some little gremlins.