Why Ferrari must avoid Barcelona repeat

Why Ferrari must avoid Barcelona repeat

This season Ferrari has often rebounded from a difficult Friday to fly in qualifying. It's going to need to do the same at Paul Ricard or it risks facing another Spain-style defeat to an ominously-fast Mercedes

During the 2018 Formula 1 season, Ferrari has often converted a difficult Friday into a much stronger Saturday and Sunday. It's therefore logical to expect a significant step even after an ostensibly uninspired Friday showing at Paul Ricard - but there is one big asterisk.

At last month's Spanish Grand Prix, the usual pattern would have resulted in Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel turning a low-key Friday into a better Saturday - so much so that it seemed the combination was still Barcelona favourite even after Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes set the practice pace. But it didn't happen.

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