Spa was an incredibly difficult weekend for Ferrari as both cars failed to score points. Things got went even further south today as both drivers failed to finish the race at their first home event of the year.
Sebastian Vettel gave a brutally honest assessment of the state of affairs with Ferrari at the moment. The German was in a reflective mood, too.
"I think this year is very different [so far off the pace] and I think probably in that regard it is good that there are no fans [the tifosi].
"Life is like this. It always depends where you are looking, and I think even if, at the moment professionally, there are not many good things, there are always some positives. So it is just a question of what you focus on.
"Certainly it was tough for all of us because our main focus is on the car and the race, especially racing at Monza. But we have to keep our head up and look forward to next week and to look at the positives, even if there are very few."
Vettel’s brakes gave up on him as he tried to stop at the first chicane. He was glad it happened there with the run-off that’s available.
"It [the brake failure] is actually the worst thing, but at least it happened in probably the best spot. So if it happens elsewhere it is not so nice.
"I completely lost the pressure on the pedal and went straight. On the laps before we ran into trouble, we managed the brakes but it was quite bad.
"We need to understand why and fortunately it happened in Turn One where there is a lot of run-off, but I have never had a brake failure like that."
Charles Leclerc also failed to finish because of a huge crash at Parabolica, whilst running in P4. He admitted the accident was his fault, but thankfully he walked away without any serious injuries.
"I just lost the car. It is my fault and it was a very difficult race to be honest as I struggled quite a lot on the first set [of tyres].
"Then I thought we were unlucky with the safety car but, with the pitlane closed, we were actually pretty lucky. Then with the hard tyres I struggled massively. I tried to push but I lost it at Parabolica and I crashed.
"I feel quite okay. A bit of pain here and there, but it should be fine. It is normal as the crash was quite big, but I am feeling okay."
Big crash today. A bit sore but okay, impressive how much these cars can take nowadays. Thanks all for your messages. pic.twitter.com/M5phPOILHh— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) September 6, 2020
So so so happy for Pierre though. What a drive. He deserves it so much, enjoy it my friend.— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) September 6, 2020
Bravo "calamar" 🦑😘 pic.twitter.com/xugXgJvUqM