Monaco GP | Sebastian Vettel - “Monaco it’s a hard circuit, but we understood our issues”
Sebastian Vettel meets the press in the Ferrari Hospitality, as he talks about the SF90 and its issues, the Monaco GP. The German shares his thoughts about Niki Lauda as well, joining the Paddock in remembering the late Austrian driver.
At the 2017 Monaco GP edition Sebastian Vettel slayed the competition, bringing back the Principality’s thophy in Maranello after 16 years.
A lot of fans are hoping the Red team has fixed all its issues and can end the Mercedes domination: the Silver Arrows have scored five consecutive one-twos and they currently lead the championship.
Ferrari almost had it in Bahrain, but some issues forced the team to step back and give away the highest spot on the podium.
The come back in Barcelona after winter testing was fundamental for Ferrari.
“I don’t think we need time, we understood in Barcelona that we’re not quick enough and we’re not happy. We are working to change things in the shortest time, but we know Monaco is always unpredictable.” Said the German to the press. “We tried new solutions during the tests (in Barcelona, right after the GP), but we had already understood during the Spanish race weekend. We need to work on the setup.”
The team is working really hard, despite che criticisms and the pressure for a win.
“The team deserves a good result to repay all the hard work. No one stopped during these two months, we need to find new solutions to make our SF90 better.”
Matteo Binotto and the technical team understood that the 2019 Ferrari challenger can’t handle the compounds correctly.
“We are going through some issues with the tyres. The 2019 compounds are very sensitive and hard to understand. We have a short window, and this can cause some issues combined with our car’s lack of speed. Sometimes the car worked, sometimes it didn’t, so it’s hard to understand.”
“We still need to fix little details that can make a lot of difference.”
Obliviously, the four time world champion also shared some thoughts about the Paddock’s late friend Niki Lauda.
“I had the opportunity to know him, ask him about the cars he drove, about working with Enzo Ferrari, about his Ferrari years. I was shocked when I hard he passed away. It’s a big loss for Formula 1 and for the fans, he’s an icon we can’t replace.”
“He was exactly like you saw him on tv, always telling what he was really thinking. A great character, a true driver and passionate about the sports. He deserves a lot of respect. If we have safe cars it’s thanks to him. I feel privileged to have known him.”