Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz struggled to seek out the rhythm within the second half of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and completed sixth and seventh behind Mercedes and effectively adrift of Purple Bull.
Ferrari additionally had reliability points concerning its engine within the first two races of the season, which prompt that its lack of competitiveness may have been the results of its engines being refused.
However talking on the Sky Sports activities F1 podcast, Croft revealed an unnamed supply inside Ferrari informed him the group had been working their engines at full throttle in Jeddah.
When requested if Ferrari needs to be involved about its lack of tempo, Croft replied: “Sure.
“I am actually sorry for these Ferrari followers, however I am going to let you know a little bit story from the return from Jeddah.
“I had a dialog with somebody from Ferrari and I mentioned to him: ‘did you narrow the engines within the second a part of the race?’ And so they mentioned, ‘no.’
“In order that was their tempo on the laborious tyres. In order that’s the place I might fear if I used to be Ferrari proper now.
“In the event that they lowered the engines for reliability, you assume the reliability is mounted. But when that was their tempo, on a observe, they thought they’d do effectively…
“They had been affected by tire put on and I feel the groups are discovering that it is not as straightforward to observe the vehicles this 12 months because it was final 12 months. Issues have modified a bit when it comes to ease of monitoring.
“However Ferrari was affected by tire punctures and that was their fundamental Achilles heel.
“This needs to be their 12 months – however I mentioned it final 12 months!”
After a disappointing begin to the season, Ferrari boss Fred Vasseur admitted the group should not “do some bullshit” about their present kind.
“A very powerful factor in this sort of scenario is realizing the place we’re doing effectively and what we’re doing unsuitable,” he mentioned. “However we will not bullshit ourselves.
” We should change. We now have to know the place we’re unsuitable and we have now to push. It is not (ok) to speak, we cannot go quicker like that.
“For me, the image is kind of clear. The automotive’s potential is nice, nevertheless it’s not sufficient in comparison with Purple Bull, as a result of we’re not capable of get essentially the most out of the automotive each time.