Ferrari still struggling to conquer slow corners

Mark Scott
Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has revealed that slow corners are still proving to be problematic for the Ferrari car after trying an upgraded package in Spain.

Vettel and Leclerc have both been given the Spec-2 engine to play with after the Scuderia brought forward plans to introduce it by a month.

While it will no doubt give them a further boost on the straights, Vettel said time is still being lost through the corners where rivals Mercedes have been excelling with their aerodynamic path.

“Engine-wise we are happy, obviously, it’s Friday so it’s difficult to know what we are doing compared to other people,” Vettel told reporters in Barcelona.

“Car-wise we put everything on that we expected to put on the car. Feeling-wise, it has been a different story and I think it’s a fair picture that we haven’t been the quickest today.

The technical final sector could prove to Ferrari’s biggest foe over the course of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend and Vettel confirmed that they still do not have the full answer as to what the issue is through the low-speed corners.

“We have to [improve],” Vettel added. “It’s not the first time this year that we are losing in these sort of corners.

“If it was easy we would just fix it but currently, we are all working very hard and trying still to just understand why we are losing out in these types of corners, sometimes more than other times.”

Vettel and Leclerc finished three tenths off the pace set by Valtteri Bottas in FP2, but Leclerc is still hoping to pose a threat to the Silver Arrows once some balance issues have been worked on overnight.

“At the moment the balance is a bit out but this is something that can be fixed and also things that are not unnormal when you put new things on the car,” Leclerc said.

“It’s normal that it takes a bit of time to understand them and then once we put all of them together and the balance is good then we will see how they perform.”

Asked if Ferrari can improve enough to stop Mercedes, he said: “That’s what we are here for.

“We are trying to give everything, try and to make the balance right for tomorrow and then hopefully improve for qualifying.”

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