‘Second Austrian race a massive opportunity’

Michelle Foster
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

With Ferrari introducing updates at the second of the two Austrian races, Sebastian Vettel says it will be a “good indication” as to whether they are heading in the right direction.

Off the pace at the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix, a race in which Vettel failed to make it out of Q2, Ferrari decided to push forward its upgrades to round two having initially planned to introduce them at round three, the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Both Vettel and his team-mate Charles Leclerc will have a host of updates available for their SF1000s at this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix.

Ferrari will be able to do a straight comparison given that both the Austrian and Styrian GPs are being run at the same circuit, the Red Bull Ring.

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“It’s a massive opportunity for us to have the race held at exactly the same place,” Vettel said via The-Race.

“We had a close look to our race, my race performance in particular, which was off compared to the weekend.

“We have found a couple of things, it’s hard to say how much of a difference those things were making.

“We had an issue with the brake, maybe something with the damping of the car, so obviously I’m excited about getting back on track and [to] see how the car feels.”

Although Sunday’s race will mark only the second round of the 2020 championship, Vettel feels it will be a “good indication” as to whether the Scuderia is heading up the right path with its SF1000.

“It’s still early in the season and we don’t know how long the season will be, but it will be a good indication for us to see whether it’s the right direction of not,” the German added.

“You always have certain expectations, but the best answer is the stopwatch when you get on track.

“One [aspect] is what we feel and the other one is the time’s we’re clocking, so we are excited about it and it will obviously be interesting to see also in direct comparison to last weekend where we will end up.”

Vettel added that he will known when he climbs into the car on Friday whether the feel is better or not.

“I have a very good memory, good idea of how it should feel and secondly a good memory of how it used to feel when everything was right and how it felt then in the race.

“So obviously tomorrow will be an important for us in that regard, but also in regards to the upgrade to see if everything is bringing the step that we expected.”

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