Editorial (Thomas) – Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel revealed that their Ferrari SF1000 car was difficult to drive during the Italian Grand Prix free practice session on Friday.
Leclerc’s best record was only able to get him to finish P8 in FP2, 1.3 seconds from session leader Lewis Hamilton.
Meanwhile, Vettel only managed to finish P12 that day.
The two horsemen seemed impressed by the costume downforce they used it that day and even the Monaco driver said on the radio that “this car is really difficult to drive.”
“We certainly have to try to find something to race later, otherwise it will be very, very difficult,” said Leclerc, as quoted on the official Formula 1 website.
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“It seems that we are very overwhelmed with the balance and general tire degradation when driving with a lot of fuel. Of course, we still have a lot to work on, but it is very positive to see our qualification index.
“I hope we can enter the third quarter, but I think it will be very tight,” said Leclerc, who won last year first position and champions in Monza.
In tune with his teammates, Vettel said his car was difficult to drive, but it was not the first time for him this season.
“Where are we losing? I think we lost on the straight, as expected, but in terms of where we wanted the car to be better, there was a lack of traction in the corners that were practically the four tires.
“This car skids a lot and is difficult to control. It is very difficult to get everything right … but we are trying to do better tomorrow, “said Vettel.
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Ferrari has lost a lot of engine power on the straight track since the investigations and a controversial confidential deal with the FIA this year, after protests from several rival teams over Ferrari’s power unit, which was considered “suddenly powerful” last season.
The Italian factory team, currently in fifth place and two points behind Renault, is heading for its worst performance in 40 years and is on its home races when Italy gets three race slots on this year’s revised F1 calendar.
F1’s oldest and most successful team last weekend ended up aimlessly in Belgium after failing to qualify for the top 10 in qualifying.
Monza, like Spa, is a track very demanding in speed and engine power. Repeating the same result on such a power sensitive circuit would be a shame for Ferrari, especially at home.
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Publisher: Irwan Suhirwandi
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