Ferrari left with ‘work ahead’ says Vettel

Date published: May 23 2019

Mattia Binotto said a cutoff time "misjudgement" caused Charles Leclerc's Q1 elimination in qualifying for the Monaco GP.

Sebastian Vettel admitted that Ferrari have “work ahead” if they are to get anywhere near Mercedes at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Scuderia ended Thursday’s running well adrift of the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas – Vettel would conclude FP2 in P3, some 0.7s shy of Hamilton, while Leclerc was all the way down in P10, 1.2s off the pace.

“We tried a lot of things, they didn’t really work so it was not that productive,” Vettel told reporters in Monte Carlo.

“Overall we are struggling a bit, obviously lacking a bit of pace compared to Mercedes, struggling a bit to get the tyres to really work, so a bit of work ahead of us.

“It’s a bit of everything, so not exactly what you’d like around here. You’d like to know what the car is going to do so you can anticipate a bit more.

“But I’m sure come Saturday things should calm down. Maybe it’s a bit warmer as well, it could help us.”

Mercedes already look a good bet for their sixth-straight one-two finish in 2019, and Leclerc fueled that talk further by claiming Ferrari are “not on their level”.

“The first session was OK. We were still a bit slower than Mercedes, but the feeling was a bit better,” the Monegasque driver explained to the media at his home race.

“The second session was a bit more difficult to put the car in the right window, including also the tyres. We have just been struggling quite a lot. In my second session I didn’t do any clean laps, so that’s why we were that far back.

But we are not on the level of Mercedes either, so we need to push hard, and we will see on Saturday.

“I think a solid second would be great as a team, so we need to work for that.”

 

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