Ferrari now has "clarity" with its F1 car development - Vettel

Ferrari now has "clarity" regarding the development of its Formula 1 car after some "confusion" with upgraded aerodynamic parts that have not performed as expected

Ferrari now has "clarity" with its F1 car development - Vettel

The Italian team has been shifting its aero focus after a poor start to the season compared to dominant championship leader Mercedes, and introduced several revisions at the French Grand Prix that were billed as important for its development direction.

However, the new floor was removed after Friday practice and Ferrari admitted that it had not produced the results expected.

Ferrari conducted further analysis in Austria and ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix, its lead driver Sebastian Vettel believes the team has cleared the situation up.

"I think we learned a lot after the confusion, or some bits that maybe didn't turn out to work the way we wanted to during the French Grand Prix," said Vettel.

"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's title hopes, and Ferrari's chances of finally beating Mercedes to a title, are all but over following a difficult start to the season and the dominance of the team's chief rival.

Ferrari is 135 points behind in the constructors' championship, having outscored Mercedes for the first time this season in Austria (30-25).

Meanwhile, Vettel has fallen to fourth in the drivers' standings and trails championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 66 points.

Returning to the scene of his 2018 victory at Silverstone, Vettel said: "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."

Mercedes had a cooling weakness exposed in Austria but Vettel said Ferrari was not getting carried away that there was an Achilles Heel to exploit.

"It shows it's normal for everyone to have certain highs and lows," said Vettel.

"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."

shares
comments
Grosjean reverts to Melbourne-spec Haas for Silverstone

Previous article

Grosjean reverts to Melbourne-spec Haas for Silverstone

Next article

Leclerc happy to race how Verstappen won Austrian Grand Prix

Leclerc happy to race how Verstappen won Austrian Grand Prix
Load comments
Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool Plus

Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool

Windtunnel work forms the bedrock of aerodynamic development in Formula 1. But as PAT SYMONDS explains, advances in virtual research are signalling the end of these expensive and complicated relics

Why polarising Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour Plus

Why polarising Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour

The newspapers, naturally, lingered over Max Mosley’s tainted family history and niche sexual practices. But this is to trivialise the legacy of a big beast of motor racing politics. STUART CODLING weighs the life of a man whose work for safety on both road and track has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, but whose penchant for cruelty remains problematic and polarising

Formula 1
Jun 12, 2021
Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture Plus

Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture

Sergio Perez has spent most of his career labouring in Formula 1’s midfield, wondering whether he’d ever get another shot at the big time. Red Bull has handed him that chance and, although life at the top is tough, the Baku winner is doing all the right things to get on terms with Max Verstappen, says BEN ANDERSON

Formula 1
Jun 11, 2021
What the data tells us about the F1 2021 title fight Plus

What the data tells us about the F1 2021 title fight

Formula 1 has been tracking car performance using timing loops mounted every 200m around each circuit – to the extent that it was able to anticipate Ferrari’s 'surprise’ pole in Monaco. PAT SYMONDS explains what this means for this season and beyond

Formula 1
Jun 10, 2021
The weighty issue F1 needs to find a balance with Plus

The weighty issue F1 needs to find a balance with

OPINION: After consecutive street races with contrasting highlights, one theme stood out which has become a prevalent issue with modern Formula 1 cars. But is there a way to solve it or, at least, reach a happy middle ground to help all parties?

Formula 1
Jun 10, 2021
The changes behind a ‘feel-good’ F1 result in Baku Plus

The changes behind a ‘feel-good’ F1 result in Baku

OPINION: The Azerbaijan Grand Prix had elements that make Formula 1 really exciting – unpredictability and shock results. This resulted in heartbreak for several of the championship’s regular contenders and joy for others who rarely reach the ultimate limelight. And one of those on the Baku podium is riding a wave of form he’s keen to continue

Formula 1
Jun 9, 2021
The human cost to replacing Formula 1's cancelled rounds Plus

The human cost to replacing Formula 1's cancelled rounds

OPINION: With the global pandemic still lingering, Singapore's grand prix has been cancelled for 2021, with more looking likely to follow. Although Formula 1 has TV deals and profits to chase, retaining a 23-race calendar could be most harmful to those who sacrifice the most for the championship

Formula 1
Jun 8, 2021
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An eventful weekend in Baku full of incident and drama lent the race result an unusual feel, as three drivers scored their first podiums of the year. But it wasn't the eventual race winner who scored top marks in our driver ratings

Formula 1
Jun 7, 2021