Despite Charles Leclerc rescuing a P2 for Ferrari at the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, Ferrari found themselves miles off the raw pace of Mercedes and Red Bull, and they’ve regressed so much that they’re racing the likes of Racing Point, Renault and McLaren at the moment.
Ferrari fast-tracked upgrades for this weekend but on the evidence of qualifying, they haven’t worked well. Just like Q2 last Saturday, their drivers were P10 and P11 in Q2 today, with Vettel the man who squeezed into Q3 this time. However, he couldn’t beat anyone in the final segment of qualifying.
The day got even worse for the Scuderia with Charles Leclerc receiving a 3-place grid penalty for impeding Daniil Kvyat during qualifying. That leaves him down in a lowly P14 on the grid.
Mattia Binotto said that their current performance ‘’is just not good enough for a team by the name of Ferrari.’’
Tomorrow is set to be a very difficult day for the Scuderia.
BREAKING: Charles Leclerc will start from P14 at Sunday's Styrian Grand Prix after receiving a three-place grid penalty— Formula 1 (@F1) July 11, 2020
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Sebastian Vettel – P10
"I was glad qualifying wasn't delayed until forward to tomorrow, even though we were hoping for more. I think we tried everything we could but unfortunately it took too long to get the tyres, especially the fronts, up to working temperature. I was locking the fronts a lot and aquaplaning down the straight. On the last lap in Q3 I tried to risk everything, but I lost the car at turn 8 and didn't manage to improve.’’
‘’At least it’s a lesson we have learned for the next time we face these conditions. The forecast is different for tomorrow and in the dry, our race pace looks a bit better, but we are still not where we want to be.’’
Charles Leclerc – P11 (P14 after penalty)
"We were just not quick enough today. When I look at the gap to the cars at the front, I am quite surprised. There’s definitely some work to do. In terms of balance, the car is nice to drive in the dry and in the wet it’s very similar. But yes, we’ve got some problems here and there that we need to solve and also I need to work on my driving in these conditions. Unfortunately, we had heavy rain when we went onto the second set of extreme wets in Q2, and we could not improve, which is a shame.
I went for a more aggressive setup yesterday, which might have made my driving more unpredictable in the rain, so we paid the price today, but I am sure we’ve made the right choice for tomorrow and we’ll benefit from it."
"A really disappointing day. We have to accept that the stopwatch doesn’t ever lie. In two qualifying sessions, albeit in different conditions, we have not been competitive, not only against those who have been our closest rivals over the past few years, but also against others, who up to yesterday were generally behind us.
We worked very hard to bring updates to the car earlier than planned, but they didn’t show their worth on track. We have to work out why and change this state of affairs, which is just not good enough for a team by the name of Ferrari. We mustn’t get het up about it, but we cannot ignore the facts."