Helmut Marko has described the Pink Bull RB18 as a “prima donna” automobile – in comparison with its early 2022 rival, the Ferrari F1-75.
After two rounds of the 2022 World Championship, there isn’t a query that among the many title hopefuls Ferrari can be feeling happiest.
Quick straight out of the field with their challenger for the brand new F1 laws, the Scuderia have been just about a everlasting fixture at or close to the highest of the timesheets from the unofficial take a look at in Barcelona proper by to the chequered flag of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
In consequence, Ferrari are 40 factors clear on the prime of the Constructors’ standings whereas their drivers are 1-2 within the particular person desk, Charles Leclerc main Carlos Sainz by 12.
However these positions would have been nothing like as commanding if Pink Bull had not suffered a double retirement in direction of the tip of the Bahrain GP when Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez had been compelled out with comparable points, each set to complete within the prime 4.
Pink Bull advisor Marko feels the RB18 is one thing of a diva – however that dealt with the precise method, it may possibly obtain loads extra wins so as to add to Verstappen’s thrilling success in Jeddah.
“The benefit of Ferrari is they’re quick immediately with each tyre and at each temperature,” Marko informed Servus TV, quoted by Motorsport-total.com.
“That exhibits the automobile is extra good-natured. We have now maybe the tougher automobile – a prima donna. But when you may get it proper, the potential is there.”
Marko additionally gave his rating for the facility items this season, which by normal consensus has undergone fairly a change from final 12 months.
However regardless of Mercedes-powered vehicles filling out the underside finish of the grid in Jeddah, he didn’t listing the German producer as being behind Renault – whom maybe he omitted with there being solely Alpine on which to base a judgement of their energy unit.
“Ferrari are forward. Honda – or moderately Pink Bull Powertrains – are second. And Mercedes, unusually, solely third,” mentioned Marko, who nonetheless just isn’t ready to jot down off the large rivals to Pink Bull.
He added: “Ferrari have a bonus particularly in electrical energy and that’s the place we hope Honda will comply with go well with.
“Chassis-wise, Mercedes have probably the most ‘bounce’. You possibly can see that within the braking zone, how [Lewis] Hamilton’s head wobbles backwards and forwards.
“However I additionally suppose it’s a query of time. If they will eliminate that, they will go to fine-tuning.”