user icon

De la Rosa fears 2019 Ferrari domination

  • Published on 05 Mar 2019 13:33
  • comments 1
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Former Grand Prix driver Pedro de la Rosa fears that Ferrari could dominate Formula 1 in 2019, mirroring the success that Mercedes had at the start of the turbo hybrid era.

Many believe thast Ferrari is the pick of the field following the two weeks of pre-season testing, in which it topped four of the days.

Despite challenging Mercedes over the last two years for the world championship, it has fallen short in the second half of the season. But de la Rosa thinks its job could be a little easier throughout the upcoming campaign.

"The only thing I don't like about the Ferrari is the matte colour," de la Rosa laughed. "And my only fear is that Ferrari will dominate. It just looks so good in the corners.

"We could find ourselves with a situation like Mercedes in recent years, just a different colour. The last day of Lewis Hamilton is at least a ray of hope," the Spaniard added.

The last day that de la Rosa refers to is in regards to Hamilton's fastest time, which was 0.003s slower than Vettel's session-topping lap.

With Red Bull starting its new partnership with Honda in 2019, de la Rosa says that he is not seeing anything spectacular from the RB15 so far. 

"I was surprised to see Red Bull with a car that is very similar to last year's," he said. "What can I say? The car seems normal in the corners but I was not surprised at all. Last year Verstappen was amazing in turn five, but honestly I am not getting anything special at the moment."

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • I find Ferrari dominance a bit unlikely. Merc' won't go and drop the ball just like that.

    • + 0
    • Mar 5 2019 - 20:01

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Country Netherlands
  • Date of b. Sep 30 1997 (23)
  • Place of b. Hasselt (Belgie), Netherlands
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.80 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
20 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20
France
25 - Jun 27
Austria
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
1 - Oct 3
Singapore
8 - Oct 10
Japan
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
29 - Oct 31
Mexico
5 - Nov 7
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Australia
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
20 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
1 - Oct 3
8 - Oct 10
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
29 - Oct 31
5 - Nov 7
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
Australia Albert Park
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar