"it was a very difficult race. The car was very difficult to drive." The conclusion of Sebastian Vettel after the Grand Prix of Austria is. The Ferrari driver is struggling in a losing vehicle after three Safety-Car periods and a spin from position eleven to rank ten. A hard-fought point for the four-time world champion.
"I had a very bad braking stability. And it was incredibly difficult to drive with this rear. This was not nearly the same car, I am two days ago hazards" radios Vettel after 71 laps, his race engineer. He looks perplexed and disillusioned - after all, the teammate stands with the second place on the Podium.
The reasons for the meager yield are complex: A weak engine, a nervous tail, and an unnecessary driver. This also includes the following statement of the German in front of the 'RTL'microphone fits: "I had some scary trouble to keep the car on the track."Oversteer leads to the driver in curve 3
since Saturday, he had fiddled together with the engineers, to get more stability in the rear of the SF1000. "We have taken the front wing out of, say, trying to somehow get stability on the rear axle. We were not able to until the end."
Vettel fought with blunt weapons in the midfield. First of all, he played at the Start of his tyre advantage - he started from position eleven on the Medium - and overtook Daniel Ricciardo in the Renault (on Soft tires). However, the residue on the top left nothing Good imagine.
Already in the first round of the Heppenheimer lost over six seconds in the middle of the Park, the fray on Valtteri Bottas. He was stuck in a group with Lance Stroll in the Racing Point, the "pink Mercedes", he could be but hardly dangerous. HIGH TWO/Pool/COLOMBO IMAGES Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari
before washed The failures of Max Verstappen and Stroll him up to eighth place after. As Vettel in lap 26 under the Safety Car for the first stop, he was already 38 seconds behind the top, eight seconds, Charles Leclerc. With a heavy car and on the harder tire, he has lost around one and a half seconds per lap.
In round 31, the mishap then followed: After the Restart of the four-time world champion tried to be aggressive courses to catch up. On the fresh hard tires, he attacked Carlos Sainz on the inside lane in turn 3. But the two touched and Vettel spun.
Runs to the direction of travel standing, he had to let on the beautiful mountain that is straight, only all the competitors, happen, before he could take the race off in 15th place again. As he assesses the Situation in hindsight? "I'm glad I turned only once," he in the 'Sky'Interview.ranks five to seven the Maximum in the Moment
"It was very difficult and was quite tight. I think it was Carlos or one of the McLaren, the turn in the curve. I was on the Limit, because I just wanted to be as close as possible to it and lost the rear. But this is happening today in all honesty a couple of Times", there is Vettel on the record.
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Vettel came with full 24 seconds behind winner Bottas and almost 22 seconds to Leclerc to the finish. In the last Stint he has lost 1.7 seconds per lap on the top. He had to even get Alfa-Romeo driver, Antonio Giovinazzi overtake. Motorsport Images Sebastian Vettel does not revolve in curve 3 in Spielberg
"It's certainly the car I had on Friday. I don't know why, because we have to see what it is. Yesterday we tried to find what it is, but it all seemed in order. Today is a continuation and confirmation was not, I think, that the direction is wrong", is necessary to establish the 33-Year-old.
With the tip of he could not join in the conversation for the moment at least "a lot". At no time was he on the offensive in the courts or in the fight for the top places to intervene. Some Onboard footage suggests, rather, that he had to constantly fight with the car to keep it on the track. "Today's race was very chaotic. Of course I had to do all hands fully to the end."
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What would have been without the screwdriver in the curve is three possible? "Under normal circumstances, the fifth, the sixth, the seventh place what is in all of us." The Safety Cars played the German in the cards, yet he can't be satisfied with the outcome of the race. "It was quite entertaining, but not the result I wanted."Binotto: screwdriver, no great action was "" of Vettel
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto is equally impressed by Vettel's Performance and clarifies the right of 'Sky': "It was not certainly his greatest race. I think he has not felt with the car and the Balance of the car comfortable."
The Italians confirmed Vettel's statements to the effect that the Ferrari was on Sunday much less driveable than in the Free practice sessions. "Under these conditions, a driver can show his Best."
Also, the Situation with Sainz Binotto's not talking nicely: "as for the screwdriver, it was not a great action of him. He's aware of that. I think it is a pity, because today it would have been important to score points, in particular if the manage our direct competitors."
This article was written by Maria Reyer
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