Throughout testing, Scuderia Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel had the upper hand and dominated the proceedings. All that time, Mercedes have responded, saying that Ferrari are the favourites and that they have had so many issues with their W10. Fast-forward to 2-3 weeks later, the status quo that was set in 2018 has not budged a millimetre.
After the second practice session concluded, Sebastian Vettel was highly unamused by Mercedes’ claims. According to the 4-time world champion, the German team are in ‘a league of their own’. Reigning world champion, Lewis Hamilton has ruled the roost today, ending up eight tenths quicker than Vettel.
“I think they [Mercedes] looked really quick,” Vettel admitted, speaking to Crash.net. “I don’t know if it was just us struggling a bit, but as a matter of fact they were in a league of their own”
“What was all that bullshit about with them being out of shape and so on? I didn’t understand that to be honest. So it was a bit of a surprise.”
“Maybe everyone else was struggling and then we can turn it around, but they looked very strong and much stronger than they claimed before the weekend.”
Moving on, he spoke of the competitiveness of his own car, the SF90, fondly dubbed, Lina. According to Vettel, it was possibly the handling of the Ferrari that was to blame for the abyss between them and Mercedes.
“It was a tricky day for us,” Vettel confessed. “I think for us we are not where we would like to be – not in terms of lap time but in terms of car feel and handling.”
“We didn’t really get into the groove and rhythm and that’s quite important around here.”
“I had this more than once, but I can feel that I have the car under me that I had in testing but it is not doing the same thing here and there and that is why I am lacking confidence.”
“But we are all here working flat out to try and to try and understand what happened in the session, the things that we tried and how they changed it.”
“So I don’t think it was an awful session. I think here and there bits were good so it’s about how we go from there and the things we can build on.”
In conclusion, he declared that Ferrari can overcome their issues and bridge the gulf between them and their rivals.