At last weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix, there was again a gap between Ferrari’s two drivers: while Charles Leclerc finished fourth on the time trial, Sebastian Vettel didn’t make it from Q2 and even finished there.
Although the difference between the two riders narrowed in the race, while the Monaco retained fourth place, Vettel scored a single orphan point. Seeing the difference between the two drivers intensified the speculation that the two cars might not be the same, but team boss Mattia Binotto said even the assumption was offensive.
“Seb and Charles’ car is exactly the same, no doubt, ”Binotto put it. “I sincerely hope Sebastian will be able to qualify for a better place in Imola and be able to show more of what he is capable of in a tournament.”
“Charles is very good, but maybe more could be expected from the second contestant.” Binotto put it this way, using the word “second” instead of “other”.
The German RTL spoke to Vettel after the race, who was not in a very good mood and put a little emphasis on conspiracy theories. He did this by the way of the third free practice, by the way, when he told his engineer that he couldn’t get more out of the car, “I mean, out of this car.”
After the race, Vettel had no explanation for what happened. “On the one hand, I’m happy because I feel like I had a whole good race,” Vettel said. “It was very difficult at the beginning, I lost more space, I almost lost the car two or three times. Then it went pretty well. ”
“On the other hand, it’s obvious that the other car is much faster. Where do I waste my time? I’ve been breaking my head about this all year. An idiot might never find out, but would I be a complete idiot? I doubt.” With this, Vettel was probably aiming for telemetry so that if he could read from something, where he was losing time compared to Leclerc, that didn’t help him either.
“Sometimes you have to be lucky and then you can just find yourself within the boundaries. I never succeed, and when I do, I have great difficulty. On the other side of the garage, it seems a lot easier. ”
“I have to look inside myself and do my thing, but of course it hurts. Mainly because my own expectations are even higher than those imposed on me from the outside. ”