Ferrari will start looking Sebastian Vettel as they bid to find the world winner back on form for their residence Italian GP at 32, experienced in the GP.
Vettel proved no match to Charles Leclerc in Spa, qualifying 0.7s behind his on-song team-mate and subsequently being defeated by the two Mercedes drivers in the race since significant tyre wear compelled him into a two-stop strategy.
Hamilton on Leclerc greatness
While Leclerc has registered Ferrari triumph of 2019, four-time world winner Vettel’s victory drought has stretched beyond a full calendar year.
“We need to know why my car had such high tyre degradation and we’ll do a complete analysis of this situation to understand the reasons why I didn’t feel comfortable,” explained Vettel on Sunday day.
“It was definitely not a excellent weekend for me, but it turned out to be a terrific weekend for the team and that is the most important thing.”
The competitive edge over Vettel of leclerc has just become a trend, especially in qualifying – in which the 21-year-old has now out-qualified that the four-time world winner for six occasions.
For a driver that normally is sort on his tyres over the longer race distance, Ferrari are keen to understand the SF90 of Vettel was off the pace on Sunday.
“Certainly Sebastian struggled in the race with tyre degradation,” said team manager Mattia Binotto.
“Seb is usually great at managing tyres over the very first hands [of a stint].
“So it is something we will take good care to understand and analyse.”
To be able to guard from an undercut Ferrari pitted Vettel first. With the benefit of tyres that are fresh, Vettel was able to run and leapfrog Leclerc mid-way throughout the race when the 21-year-old eventually pitted against the lead himself.
But Vettel was told to allow his team-mate back through as Leclerc quickly closed back up.
“I couldn’t hold off him for a lengthy moment. I had been struggling at the corner which allowed him to get close, and all I could attempt to do was give Charles a pillow,” said Vettel, who crucially subsequently held Hamilton upward for several laps.
“At the end it had been only enough so I did the job”
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