Mattia Binotto says there is “nothing really specific” that is holding back Sebastian Vettel, he just needs to find confidence in the car.
Vettel 2020 season, his last with Ferrari, went from bad to worse in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix as the German failed to make it out of Q1.
17th fastest in the session, the four-time World Champion’s best lap time was some seven-tenths down on his team-mate Charles Leclerc’s.
With drivers wanting a tow, there was chaos in the traffic with Vettel the biggest name to fall.
He summed it up: “F**k this sh*t.”
The German later added that is “used to it, already the last years here were shitty for me in qualifying because of the traffic.”
P17 for Sebastian Vettel in quali at Monza…
— Sebastian Vettel #5 (@sebvettelnews) September 5, 2020
Vettel will start Ferrari’s home race from 17th place on the grid with Leclerc P13.
Binotto said: “I think at first we should say that Charles is very fast at the moment and when you are comparing yourself to such a fast driver is never easy, even if you are a four-time World Champion.
“I think that Seb is struggling a bit with braking stability. He’s not too confident with the car and certainly it’s down to us to help him.
“We know that he can be very fast, we know that he can be as fast as Charles but at the moment, if we look back at the last races, somehow sometimes yes, he drove well and he could drive as fast as he could – but sometimes it was not the case.
“There is nothing really specific. It’s really him to find the right confidence with the car all through the weekend, to have a great qualy and possibly to start as much ahead as he can.”
Contrary to reports that initially emerged during Q2, Vettel did not hop on his bicycle and leave the circuit after his disappointing qualifying showing.
Instead the Ferrari driver, who has often spoken of his continued love for Formula 1, went to find a good spot to watch the pole position shoot-out.
I just can't see him retiring or taking a break. He loves this way too much to just walk away after this year pic.twitter.com/X66uiXajF9
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) September 5, 2020
Lewis Hamilton grabbed pole position for the Italian GP with a new all-time fastest lap record. Valtteri Bottas will start P2.