That was much better from Ferrari, wasn’t it? After two back to back dismal qualifying sessions in Austria, Ferrari seems to have turned over a new lead in Hungary. This time around, both drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, managed to clear Q2 and will start tomorrow’s race in P5 and P6 respectively.
It looked like the upgrades they had brought in for the Styrian Grand Prix came through. The 4-time world champion was happy with the car today, unlike the previous two weekends.
Sebastian Vettel dissected his performance on the team radio after wrapping up his qualifying session.
The German gave an honest assessment of his performance and even told the team on which part of the track he could improve on. He said, “I lost a bit on Turn 1 because there was a bit of drizzle on the track, so 1 and 2 was not ideal afterwards, ok?”
After getting the order to head back to the pits, he breathed a sigh of relief before adding, “We reacted a bit late with the front wing but the car was a lot better now. That’s it.”
After a much-improved performance in qualifying, finishing ahead of both Red Bulls and McLarens, Vettel can practically smell a podium finish.
His teammate Leclerc has already graced the podium with his presence. Now, the German will be hoping to get an opportunity to crack open a bottle of champagne.
On a track that’s not as power-hungry as Austria, this will be a great chance for Ferrari to gain a solid number of points and move up the Constructor’s championship table. They currently stand in 5th position with only 19 points after the first two races.
A podium finish won’t be easy, however, there are encouraging signs of improvement. Ferrari will know that they will have to put in a near-flawless performance tomorrow and will also be hoping for lady luck to go their way.
After a double DNF last weekend, you’d probably think that they are due some good luck.
Can they put their woes behind them? Is it possible for Leclerc and Vettel to stay out of each other’s way? Can they bag a collective podium tomorrow? All will be answered, come Sunday.