Ferrari endured a muted season-opening race because its pace-setting preseason testing form interpreted in to fifth and fourth on the road in Melbourne.

The Italian team states it’s made”adjustments” to exactly what it feels led to its feeble performance in , and Marko thinks it’s engine-related.

Marko told”It’s quite obvious that has under performed. Along with .

“We don’t know exactly, but I think they merely cut back on performance because they had cooling issues.

“The was unexpectedly slower compared [into the remainder of the field compared to its long-run pace in preseason testing].”

faded dramatically through the n GP and Marko considers his lack of performance on fresher or softer tyres also pointed into a set-up related issue.

“This usually means that something was wrong. Vettel simply drove three halfway fast laps and then his speed fell.

was no danger on the yelloh tyre due to this fever and their noodle degradation.

“We however did not need some problems with degradation and were perhaps not really on the limit.”

has adopted a different front-wing philosophy to and RedBull this past year.

However, Marko disregarded the belief that this could have changed the way the reacted into the bumpy Melbourne circuit compared to its competitors.

“The leading wing more or less determines the idea of the car.

“But there are lots of other things in front room that are likely involved as well.

“There are different theories, in terms of race speed just [race winner Valtteri] Bottas has been a step above the rest.

and [RedBull ] were on precisely the identical level.”

has been ’ most persistent challenger in 2017 and 2018, and came under scrutiny last year due to its engine performance earnings.

Marko explained that another component in ’s performance was an apparent loss in a previous straightline rate advantage.

“The reacted very well and closed several loopholes, or at least minimised them,” he explained.

“This usually means that these rate peaks, that had on the last 25 percent or 30% of those straights, no longer exist. That is good.”


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