It was clear that Ferrari would have a difficult time at the Austrian Grand Prix. The qualifying results confirmed the negative expectations over Ferrari's performance, with Leclerc getting the 7th fastest time, whereas Vettel had a difficult time finishing 11th.
The Monegasque talent affirmed that the fourth row is the best result that he could have obtained today.
"Seventh place is the best we could do today. Of course it's not where we want to be but we are just not quick enough, so we need to work hard and try to catch up.
"There’s still a bit of performance we can get here and there and we need to put everything together, getting the best out of the package we have, because for now it’s all we’ve got.
“The smallest detail is very important as everyone is very close now.”
Charles Leclerc continued remarking that the car, despite a good balance, lacks performance, adding that a good strategy and tyre choice will be crucial tomorrow.
“It was a difficult day but at least now we know where we are. As a team all we can do is cheer up and find the positive in all of this, even though it’s not easy.
“We need to work all together in a constructive way and try to do the best job possible to improve things in the next few races. We should keep our moral up and be motivated and just work to improve.
“This is the way forward to get out of these hard times. The balance of the car is quite good but it’s the overall performance which is still not good enough.
“As for the race, anything can happen and having a good strategy with the right tyre management, maybe we can score some good points."
By contrast, Vettel struggled with its SF1000, claiming that he did not feel confident in the car. Particularly, the four-time Formula 1 World champion remarked that the car has too much drug.
"I didn't feel so confident with the car towards the end of the session, but the race is tomorrow and that’s the part of the weekend we look forward to the most.
“So, we will see what we can learn from today to improve for tomorrow. Our car was not quick enough and the balance was not ideal.
“I think we were losing a bit on the straights with too much drag, but in some corners we are very competitive.
“For sure we would have liked to be faster, but P11 puts us in a good spot for the race, with a free tyre choice allowing us to do something different with the strategy, which could be important as it is meant to be much hotter tomorrow.
“It’s not ideal and I am not fully happy and we clearly did not have as much in hand as the others, but our race pace should be more competitive."