Having locked out the front row in Bahrain last year, Ferrari are lapping 1.2 seconds slower this year, and their customers have also lost performance.
Ferrari have been steadily improving but AlphaTauri pulled off another surprise performance in qualifying at Imola, which could have championship implications.
Valtteri Bottas knows he had a car quick enough for pole position – he set the fastest time in all three sectors of the Algarve circuit. But he lost out to team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Alexander Albon said Red Bull’s upgrade has “put us a lot closer to the Mercedes” after his team mate lapped within two-tenths of a second of them. But they aren’t the only team who’ve closed the gap.
Ferrari are over one-and-a-half seconds slower in Sochi than last year. They lapped quicker at the Russian track three years ago than they managed today.
Mercedes have their smallest lead over the rest of the field all season at the high-speed Mugello, where the drivers are lapping faster than they did at Spa.
While Lewis Hamilton set the fastest ever lap of a Formula 1 circuit in his Mercedes at Monza, former record holders Ferrari lapped over a second slower than they managed two years ago.
Only Ferrari are slower than last year at Spa. The team’s sporting director Laurent Mekies admitted their lack of performance is “still not fully understood”.
Haas looked quick on Friday but team principal Guenther Steiner said their lack of power from ‘quali mode’ is why they failed to reach Q2.
Alfa Romeo have been the slowest team at every track F1 has visited so far this year. Kimi Raikkonen qualified last last and doubts the situation will improve any time soon.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner admitted he is frustrated to see his team qualify more than a second slower than Mercedes for the second race in a row.
While Racing Point lapped the Hungaroring a massive 2.7 seconds faster than they managed last year, 2019 pole winners Red Bull have got slower at this track.
Ferrari, Haas and Alfa Romeo are all significantly slower at the Red Bull Ring than they were 12 months ago, losing 0.6-1.1 seconds in lap time.
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Only two teams are quicker in Brazil this year than they were in 2018 – McLaren and pole position winners Red Bull.
Despite the bumps, F1 broke the track record fell at the Circuit of the Americas, and McLaren made another “huge step forwards”.
Max Verstappen may not have pole position but he has broken the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track record, by a mere 0.001 seconds.
Sebastian Vettel broke the Suzuka track record with his pole position lap as Ferrari have made their biggest year-on-year gain relative to their rivals this season.
For the first time this year Mercedes has turned up at a track with the ‘least improved’ car of any of the 10 F1 teams. They are 0.6s slower than last year.
Ferrari expected their SF90 to struggle in Singapore but they lapped quicker in qualifying than last year while Mercedes and Red Bull were slower.