Ferrari accepts that in attempting to figure out why the performance of their vehicles has varied so greatly, it has not been exempt from the “real mystery” that other F1 teams have faced.
This year, the new generation of ground effect technology has sprung a few surprises, and teams have occasionally found themselves struggling on race weekends when they had high expectations.
Having recently suffered so badly at Spa-Francorchamps but then being considerably stronger in Monza – despite both tracks requiring low downforce and superb aero efficiency – Ferrari has been searching for solutions to that same issue this year.
The team’s chief performance engineer, Jock Clear, admits that not even his team’s top engineers can fully explain why there has been such a wide range of performance.
“Honestly, if we really knew those things, we’d have the golden bullet,” he said. “It’s really tricky to work these things out.
“You talk to teams that are finding really good performance at a race, and you talk to teams that dropped back, and there is a real mystery to unravelling all of it.
“That’s why this job isn’t simple, and that’s why it’s so intriguing for all of you guys [the media] and all of us guys.”
While accepting that it can’t fully explain why Spa was so challenging and Monza was better, Clear claims that as teams get more familiar with the vehicles, they are starting to have a much better grasp of what is happening.
“Honestly, we don’t know all the answers, and we still don’t understand exactly what went on in Spa,” he said. “We have some ideas, and we’ve obviously acted on those.
“We’ve come to Monza, a similarly low downforce circuit like Spa, though different, and we feel that it looks like we’ve understood some of what went on at Spa.
“It may turn out later in the year that we find out some more things, but we’re continually learning.”