Vettel: SF1000 feels “a lot better than last week”

Sebastian Vettel has said that his Ferrari SF1000 feels “a lot better than last week”, after the team introduced new upgrades for the Styrian Grand Prix.

Ferrari struggled for pace throughout last weekend, after discovering that the design of their 2020 challenger had missed the spot, with on-track performance not collaborating with data from their wind tunnel.

In stark contrast to last year’s Austrian Grand Prix, where Charles Leclerc secured pole position, the Scuderia found themselves firmly in the midfield pack, with Vettel and Leclerc qualifying 11th and seventh respectively.

Leclerc managed to salvage a podium result for Ferrari last weekend, but that was owed to a number of retirements, and a five second penalty for Lewis Hamilton after a collision with the Red Bull of Alex Albon.

After discovering that the pace of the SF1000 was not going to match Mercedes at the end of pre-season testing, Ferrari had committed to introducing a raft of upgrades for the Hungarian Grand Prix, but they brought a number of these forward to this weekend after their disappointing performance in the opening race.

And, the introduction of new parts seems to have had the desire impact, with Vettel stating that the car “feels a lot better than last week”.

“Today the car felt a lot better than last week. Right from the start, it was a different car and I was just able to get on with it.

“Now I hope it stays like this. If you look at the time sheet, I got my best lap deleted so obviously it wasn’t a great day for lap times, but there will be rain tomorrow, so we are just preparing in case quali is on Sunday.

Although Vettel is happy with the upgrades that Ferrari have brought for this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix, he added that there is still a lot of work to do to maximise their performance.

“For us, the main thing was testing the upgrades that we brought.” added the four-time world champion.

“We put them on the car step by step and they seemed to work well.

“We still need to have a look and find the best window where the car is happiest.

“We tried quite a few things on the brakes and I still need to find the rhythm. Apart from that, we did our usual Friday homework.

“Let’s see how wet it’s going to be tomorrow, it might mix things up.”