Sebastian Vettel was so dissatisfied with the performance of his SF1000 that he said he was glad to have “only spun once”.
It has been a difficult weekend for Ferrari and Vettel especially after he missed out on Q3 for the Austrian Grand Prix, leaving him to start from P11.
But a chaotic opening race of the season presented plenty of opportunities, after all Vettel’s team-mate Charles Leclerc was able to finish P2 behind race winner Valtteri Bottas.
But it was a far less triumphant afternoon for Vettel who on Lap 32 only went and hit his replacement at Ferrari for 2021, Carlos Sainz.
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Vettel tries to get past Sainz at Turn 3, there's contact and the Ferrari man spins ?
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Vettel would be sent into a spin, but ultimately recovered to finish P10, remarkably for the first time in his career.
But the four-time World Champion was just happy that it was his only spin of the race.
“To be honest I’m happy I spun only once,” he said after the race.
“It was tight, it was Carlos, I think, one of the McLarens, I lost the rear and to be honest, I lost it a couple of times – I’m glad I only spun once.
“It was quite entertaining at the end, but the not the result I wanted.”
Despite the podium for Leclerc, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said it was a sad weekend for the team.
He did hint though at some upgrades possibly arriving for the Styrian Grand Prix to take place at the Red Bull Ring next weekend, when Hungary had previously been pinpointed as the first race where new parts would be available for the team.
“We can be happy for the podium but sad for the performance,” he said.
“Yesterday was really bad and after such a bad quali you’re not expecting a good race.
“I’m happy the way the team has worked through the weekend when you are in such a bad situation it can be hard for the team – the team were united and I’m proud. For next week we’ll analyse the data, maybe bring updates, we are working hard at Maranello on updates… we will see.
“Without looking at last year and comparing it, we’re qualifying a second off [pole] and losing seven-eight tenths on the straights. I’m quite disappointed, but very surprised by the difference and it’s up to us to understand how it’s happened.
“Compared to last year, the engine performance is not as good as it was.”
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