The mood at Ferrari is rather positive heading into the British GP weekend, although Mattia Binotto preferred to mince his words by stating that Silverstone will not suit the SF90 as much as the rivals. Sebastian Vettel believes the team finally found the light at the end of the tunnel development-wise, following some ‘confusion’ experienced at Paul Ricard.
“I think we learned a lot after the confusion -declared Vettel- or some bits that maybe didn’t turn out to work the way we wanted to during the French Grand Prix. Austria brought some clarity and I think we have a clear picture of what was wrong in terms of tuning and what needs to be changed.”
“Obviously the next couple of weeks will tell where we go. Unfortunately I think it’s pretty normal that all the bits you bring don’t always bring you what you expect. Sometimes the parts overdeliver which is great and sometimes they underdeliver. We just need to make sure we know a direction to go in and we keep going that way”.
Vettel currently sits 66 points off championship leader Lewis Hamilton, and has been overtaken by Verstappen on the standings following his win in Austria. However, the German is still hopeful of catching up in the remainder of the season, honouring the growing trend that characterised Ferrari’s recent performances.
“So far this year’s been quite up and down for us so let’s see where we are tomorrow, how the car feels. I’m quite optimistic. The last couple of weeks have been better for us and hopefully we can continue in that trend.”
With Mercedes having a hard time with cooling issues at Spielberg, it proves that no team is immune to weaknesses, which are often related to flaws on the project or simply temperatures and weather conditions. This created a notable opportunity for Ferrari, as the Italian team fought for the win until the end against Red Bull.
“It shows it’s normal for everyone to have certain highs and lows” Vettel commented “The better your package the more you find yourself on the highs rather than the lows.
“I think there’s always hope. Even the races the result was a given, I think we find ourselves as a team trying to make a difference. How many times we succeeded in the last five years I don’t know. That’s definitely the objective we have, no matter the forecast.”
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