Formula 1
Formula 1
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
Race in
43 days
R
Portuguese GP
02 May
Race in
57 days
09 May
Next event in
61 days
23 May
Race in
78 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
06 Jun
Race in
92 days
13 Jun
Race in
99 days
27 Jun
Race in
113 days
04 Jul
Next event in
117 days
18 Jul
Race in
134 days
R
Hungarian GP
01 Aug
Race in
148 days
29 Aug
Race in
176 days
05 Sep
Race in
183 days
12 Sep
Race in
190 days
26 Sep
Race in
204 days
R
Singapore GP
03 Oct
Next event in
208 days
10 Oct
Race in
218 days
R
United States GP
24 Oct
Race in
232 days
31 Oct
Race in
239 days
R
Australian GP
21 Nov
Race in
260 days
R
Saudi Arabia GP
05 Dec
Race in
274 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
12 Dec
Race in
281 days

Vettel: Car "making a bit more sense" after chassis change

Sebastian Vettel says his Ferrari SF1000 Formula 1 car is “making a bit more sense” after changing chassis ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Vettel: Car "making a bit more sense" after chassis change

Vettel has made his worst start to a season since 2008, scoring just 10 points in the opening five races of the year in a run that has seen him slump to 13th in the championship.

Teammate Charles Leclerc has accrued more than four times as many points as Vettel, who has openly spoken about a lack of confidence with the Ferrari car in recent weeks.

Ferrari announced ahead of this weekend’s race in Barcelona it would be changing Vettel’s chassis after finding a “small fault”.

Vettel finished fifth in first practice on Friday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya before dropping to 12th in FP2, albeit just three-tenths of a second off Leclerc’s time.

Vettel felt he had “a mixed day” across the two practice sessions, noting an improvement in his qualifying runs, but struggled across the race simulations.

"It was generally a bit better in terms of one lap pace,” Vettel said.

“In the afternoon I was struggling a little bit more to put the laps together. We should be in a better place, so let’s see what we get tomorrow.

“We’ve tried a couple of things. We know a bit more for tomorrow.”

Read Also:

Asked if he got the answers he was looking for from the Ferrari car after the first run in the new chassis, Vettel said some progress had been made.

“Not all the answers that you want to get, but I think overall, things were making a bit more sense,” Vettel said.

“On Friday, it’s always a bit difficult, you're trying a lot of things, and so did we today. We’ll see things calm down hopefully tomorrow.”

Drivers struggled with high track temperatures through Friday’s practice running, which neared 50ºC in the afternoon session.

Vettel said he “struggle a little bit” to put a run of laps together in FP2, and felt temperatures would create a challenge for all drivers in managing their tyres.

"Managing the race will be a key point to address with the temperatures that we have,” Vettel said. "It will be difficult, but it will be same for everyone.”

shares
comments

Related video

McLaren withdrew Racing Point appeal after FIA assurances

Previous article

McLaren withdrew Racing Point appeal after FIA assurances

Next article

F1 teams agree to ban testing at new 2020 race venues

F1 teams agree to ban testing at new 2020 race venues
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Event Spanish GP
Drivers Sebastian Vettel
Teams Scuderia Ferrari
Author Luke Smith
The updates Williams hopes will lead to a point-scoring return Prime

The updates Williams hopes will lead to a point-scoring return

After producing a car which demonstrated progress but lacked the points to prove it last year, Williams starts its new era of team ownership with the FW43B, its bid to continue the climb up the Formula 1 grid in 2021

How Ferrari plans to recover from its 2020 F1 nightmare Prime

How Ferrari plans to recover from its 2020 F1 nightmare

The 2020 Formula 1 season was Ferrari's worst for 40 years as it slumped to sixth in the standings. A repeat performance will not be acceptable for the proud Italian team, which has adopted a notably pragmatic approach to forging its path back to the top

Formula 1
Mar 4, 2021
Why Aston Martin’s arrival is more than just new green livery Prime

Why Aston Martin’s arrival is more than just new green livery

In the most eagerly anticipated Formula 1 team launch of the season, the rebranded Aston Martin squad’s changes go much further than the striking paint job. But rather than a restart, the team hopes to build on top of solid foundations.

Formula 1
Mar 3, 2021
The car Aston Martin begins its new F1 journey with Prime

The car Aston Martin begins its new F1 journey with

The team formerly known as Racing Point gambled successfully on a Mercedes look-alike in 2020 as it mounted a strong challenge for third in the constructors' race and won the Sakhir GP. Now clothed in British racing green, Aston Martin's first Formula 1 challenger since 1960 provides the clearest indicator yet of what to expect from the new-for-2021 regulations

Formula 1
Mar 3, 2021
The tricky driver conundrums facing Mercedes in F1 2021 Prime

The tricky driver conundrums facing Mercedes in F1 2021

Ahead of the new Formula 1 season, reigning world champions Mercedes will take on challenges both old and new. This also can be said for its driver conundrum which could become key to sustaining its ongoing success...

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021
How Alpine's cure to 2021 F1 rules starts at the front Prime

How Alpine's cure to 2021 F1 rules starts at the front

A new name, new faces and new colours pulls the rebranded Alpine Formula 1 team into a new era while carrying over core elements of its 2020 car. But under the surface there's more than meets the eye with the A521 which hints at how the team will tackle 2021...

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021
Can Mercedes' W12 retain the team's crown? Prime

Can Mercedes' W12 retain the team's crown?

Replacing Formula 1's fastest car was never going to be an easy feat for Mercedes. Amid the technical rule tweaks to peg back the W12 and its 2021 rivals, the new Mercedes challenger will remain the target to beat

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021
The pointed note that starts Ferrari's Leclerc vs Sainz era Prime

The pointed note that starts Ferrari's Leclerc vs Sainz era

Ferrari is starting its post-Sebastian Vettel age by welcoming Carlos Sainz in alongside Charles Leclerc. But while Sainz has a tough challenge to match his new teammate, Ferrari is also sending a message that previous intra-team spats must end

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021