Two podiums out of four Grands Prix held in the first part of the season represent a not even disastrous balance for the Ferrari, considering that the potential of the Reds for 2020 does not seem to live up to that of the unreachable ones Mercedes, but also some Red Bull, currently the second force among manufacturers.
To conquer the best placements, in Austria and in Silverstone, it was Charles Leclerc, while Sebastian Vettel seems to have started the most anonymous and hard-hit year of his career. Already certain to leave Maranello at the end of the season, after the dubbing suffered in Hungary in the British Grand Prix, the German driver had to settle for a sad tenth place. The difference in speed and performance compared to Leclerc is evident, a difference complained by the four-time world champion at the end of the race.
“It was a very difficult race – Seb’s cry of pain – I struggled to fight with the other drivers on the track. I had great problems to extract the grip from the car. Right now I can’t turn at the pace that would be needed and consequently the feeling with the car is quite low. “
The team principal of Ferrari Mattia Binotto tried to throw petrol on the fire (“Vettel was unable to find the set-up and confidence to push, the car between the front and the rear was balanced, I don’t know if it’s a matter of downforce”) but to warm up the controversy he thought Helmut Marko, one who knows Vettel well for launching it in Red Bull.
“Leclerc managed to find speed – the words of the number one of Milton Keynes’s stable in the German media – He was faster than us in the straights. However it seems that only he did it, not Vettel … “.
Very sibylline declarations, which leave the field open to various interpretations and which certainly will not please Maranello, where we are preparing to live a season of passion in which we will have to divide between the efforts to save the salvable and that of suffocating the internal controversy between the two drivers, which already exploded in the Styrian GP, where the contact at the start between Leclerc and Vettel put both of them out.
OMNISPORT | 03-08-2020 19:44