Favourite Ferrari can't be "blinded" by pace

Favourite Ferrari can't be

Perhaps more so than at any other point in 2019, Ferrari looked head and shoulders faster than its main Formula 1 rivals in Friday practice at Spa. However, a hint of an issue that appeared in FP2 suggests it can't take anything for granted

If something has happened five times previously and always with a negative result, it stands to reason there's little justification to expect a different result. Ferrari set the Friday practice pace at Spa, the sixth time that has happened in 13 races in 2019 - so why should that confer it the status of favourite?

It's a valid question, but Ferrari's astonishing failure to win a single race this year has not always been down to a loss of relative pace from Friday to Sunday. The performance profile of its cars on Friday is exactly in keeping with what we'd expect from a car that should be the quickest here given its strength on the straights. But there are still reasons not to be "blinded" by the performance, as Sebastian Vettel put it.

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