Vettel ‘can’t put an answer’ on SF1000 struggles

Paola Ditto
Agosto 16, 2020

Sebastian Vettel will line up 11th on tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix grid, a spot that reflected the German's continued under-performance at the wheel of a Ferrari SF1000 that he still does not fully understand.

The four-time world champion endured his latest hard qualifying session for Ferrari and was knocked out in Q2 as he qualified 11th, having missed out on a spot in the top-10 shootout by just 0.002s.

Vettel, the four-time world champion who is 13th in the current standings, is armed with a new Ferrari chassis this weekend but was once again beaten by Charles Leclerc in qualifying - albeit only by 0.2s - and finished down in 11th.

He added: "The first sector was OK but then in the middle sector the vehicle started to be more and more nervous".

"I struggled in particular in Turn 7, losing the rear halfway, so it was hard to judge how much speed to carry in". Also Turn 5 was very tricky for me this afternoon.

"Then the last sector, it got better towards the end, but still very tricky to find the right balance".

Sebastian Vettel endured another hard Formula One qualifying session in Spain on Saturday (Aug 15) with a Ferrari whose handling remained something of a mystery despite a change of chassis.

Ferrari changed Vettel's chassis ahead of the weekend as they looked to ease his recent struggles with the SF1000. There are still some things I can't really put an answer to.

'I think he's in one of the most hard mental challenges of his career at the moment'.

Leclerc explained that he was also struggling with his Ferrari auto throughout qualifying as the Monegasque was outpaced by the Red Bull drivers, both Racing Points and the two McLarens.

"I struggled massively with the vehicle today, especially with the front, so we need to understand why this happened and why we didn't manage to cure that issue", said Leclerc.

On-board footage of Vettel during the qualifying session saw him wrestling with his Ferrari vehicle, which is considerably slower than the auto the in which the German lined up third on the grid at the same race last season.

"It's something that we regularly have with this auto - struggling with the front in mid-corner and today there weren't any solutions".

"We've lost quite a bit of time because of this, so now we need to understand why did this happen".

While involved in a battle for position midway through the race, Leclerc's vehicle was marooned on the exit of the corner unable to move, and he complained over team radio that he had no power. "Today, there were not really any solutions".

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