Sebastian Vettel is pleased to finish on the podium on a track where Ferrari knew they would struggle and although they still don’t have a win this season, he is optimistic that they can get more performance out of the SF90 and be more competitive in the following races.
Ferrari in Hungary had the biggest gap behind the winner and problems with the lack of downforce for a track like the Hungaroring in the race were even more pronounced as they used their tyres more than Mercedes and Red Bull.
Thanks to Bottas’ problems, who damaged his front wing after contact with Leclerc, and under-competitive Gasly, Ferrari drivers finished third and fourth while Vettel overtook Leclerc thanks to a longer first stint that allowed him to use soft tyres in the second stint.
“We leave Hungary and for a few weeks we can console ourselves with the fact that we made it to the podium in a race in which we knew we were going to struggle,” Vettel said
“We simply could not match the pace of our rivals. In terms of strategy, the idea was to come up with something different to try and do better than fourth.”
“I managed to extend the first stint to 39 laps and that allowed me to fit softs and have a stronger pace than Charles in the closing stages.”
“Now we can recharge our batteries and prepare to battle once more in Spa and Monza, tracks where we ought to be more competitive. We know there is still some performance to come from the SF90 and we have to work on that, but I am convinced that there is a margin to get better results.”
Ferrari has made a series of minor evolutions and improvements over the last few races, including the boomerang wing in Hungary in front of the sidepods, and although the improvements have worked and helped add some downforce on the SF90, it’s still not enough to threaten Mercedes and Red on such tracks.
“We have to improve in corners, that’s where we lose the most time. With that comes the advantage on the straights [less drag], but if we could trade one for the other then we would do it.”
“We’re adding minor improvements to the car, they worked, but not enough to get us closer [to Mercedes and Red Bull].
“We are working to resolve these things. We are working very hard, we are not lacking commitment.”
“The key is to stay calm, do our homework and try to reduce the gap as much as we can.”