It seems to be a case of half and half for Ferrari these days. On a day where Charles Leclerc took P4 on the grid, Sebastian Vettel was knocked out of the second phase in qualifying.
The experienced German driver will now start P11 in the race. Naturally, he will still eye a points finish, at the very least. As well as helping Ferrari to achieve a top half in the Constructors’ Championship.
He would probably feel he could have done more, having put in a decent final few laps in Q2. But, as one has often seen, the main race is where drivers need to focus majorly on.
Sebastian Vettel thinks they could be ‘slightly better’ in the race
Despite the disappointment on Saturday, Vettel’s experience tells him that getting a good start in the main race matters more. As does having a pitch perfect and effective pit stop strategy.
Speaking in a brief interview, he stated, “Unfortunately, I can’t do more with the car I have. I’ll start from eleventh position and I’ll try to get the best possible result.”
“The car was not bad. On this track we run with maximum downforce and we know that this benefits us a bit.”
“The last time we used this configuration was in Hungary. And I think tomorrow we should be slightly better in the race.” (translated from Google Translate)
Teammate Charles Leclerc and was at the top of his game today, securing P4 in the end. The Monegasque driver looked quite comfortable in the SF1000 racing with ease.
Vettel has picked up points from similar positions before
Although, the Ferrari cars need to be further ahead given their form and reputation, P11 does not necessarily represent a failure for them. Vettel has been knocked out in Q2 before this season.
And starting on the Mediums might give him a slight edge compared to the other drivers around him. They are a better bet than the Soft compound tires, especially at a track where weather could play a part.
“It is a pity that we did not manage to capitalize on the car’s potential to the maximum. Perhaps it will be an advantage to start the race with a compound other than the softs.” said Vettel. (translated from Google Translate)
Therefore, at a time where there is lesser margin for error, Ferrari have to be spot on with their pit strategy. Managing the workload of both Leclerc and Vettel, will then see them attain a good result.