While Leclerc’s magical driving last weekend during the Austrian GP won the Italian team second place, Sunday’s relegation complicated a tough start to the season.
After the cars battled for speed during qualifying for the Austrian GP, Ferrari did a quick follow-up improvements
to their cars, which had originally been scheduled for July 19, in hopes of improving their chances.
But after seeing his cars fight for speed for the second weekend in a row, Ferrari team manager Mattia Binotto says the team needs to “change that state of affairs.”
“A really disappointing day,” he said dit
after qualifying for the Styrian GP. “We have to accept that the stopwatch is never found. In two qualifying sessions, although in different conditions, we have not been competitive, not only against those who have been our closest rivals in recent years, but also against d ‘others., who until yesterday were generally behind us. “
“We’ve worked very hard to bring upgrades to the car ahead of schedule, but they haven’t shown their value on the road.”
“Excuses are not enough”
During the rain, Lewis Hamilton masterfully prevailed to win the pole position, which turned into almost 14 seconds victory
at Sunday’s GP: Ferrari drivers struggled.
Despite the changes made to the SF1000 car, Vettel said it was like “different car”
– Vettel and Leclerc finished 10th and 11th respectively, meaning Ferrari had no one within the top six places on the starting grid for the second week in a row.
The incident between Vettel and Leclerc took place on lap three of the initial lap, as Leclerc tried to pass over his teammate inside, only for the German to close the gap and come into contact.
Vettel’s rear wing was barely restrained with a thread and Leclerc’s front wing and floor were badly damaged, meaning both cars were excellent for the pits.
But when he suffered so much damage, Vettel was forced to retire immediately, with Leclerc only being able to complete three more laps before retiring. Leclerc apologized to Vettel after the race.
“Obviously, excuses aren’t enough at times like this,” dit
Leclerc. “I’m disappointed with myself. I did a really bad job today. I left the team down.
“I can only regret it, even though I know it’s not enough. I hope he learns from that and we’ll come back stronger for the next few races.”
It is the second time the two have collided with the track, with the pair retiring with just six laps to go after. crash
at the 2019 Brazilian GP. After this collision, both drivers apologized.
The 2020 season continues next weekend with the Hungarian GP.