Ferrari was able to build some momentum over the last three races, being in contention for victories in both high and low-downforce tracks through different adjustments and updates. As Leclerc expects the Russian GP not to be an easy track for Ferrari, Vettel explains more about his cautiousness, stating that giving Ferrari’s victory for granted just by looking at the past three races is utterly wrong. However, the German outlines that the team is ploughing in the right direction as for the development of the SF90.
“It would be wrong to think now that we can win everywhere, Mercedes has been in the position to win everywhere, so they are the ones to beat. There is a lot of work to do still, but it shows that we are on the right direction.”
Asked about how big of an improvement Ferrari operated on the car, especially on downforce, Vettel emphasized that even before the summer break the feeling was acceptable, although the month of August was actually crucial for Ferrari to get a better understanding of the best solutions to adopt in the following races.
“At the tracks before the summer break, like if we go back to Hungary, we were not very competitive but the feeling with the car was actually not too bad.
“Then we had Belgium and Monza, in Belgium I had a different race from Charles, but I think my race was sort of down when I came in to pit early. Monza was short, I don’t think it was bad, speaking of Saturday - Sunday was a disaster. It was very good in qualifying, I think I should have had a better result but the pace, the speed were there and the feeling was good. It would be unfair to say it was not good.”