With Charles Leclerc’s single-seater in fourth position on the starting grid of the Eifel Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari is pleased with the good progress made in terms of performance with the SF1000.
Although Sebastian Vettel failed to make it to Q2, Leclerc's performance makes Laurent Mekies say Ferrari is going in the right direction with the few updates introduced on the SF1000 from Russia.
“It was the best qualifying since mid-season, not so much for the result but for the overall performance. " explains Laurent Mekies, Sporting Director of Ferrari.
“Charles was fantastic: he immediately regained his confidence on the track, constantly improving and matching his best result of the season on Saturday, bringing out the full potential of the SF1000. "
“Sebastian [Vettel] still had some difficulties and couldn't get past Q2 but will at least have the chance to pick the best compound for the first part of the race. "
“The little updates we've made here and two weeks ago in Sochi have given us something more in terms of performance: nothing striking but when the differences in the peloton are minimal it takes very little to make a significant leap. "
"But most importantly, these developments seem to confirm that all the team's efforts in Maranello are going in the right direction: it is for the final of this championship but, above all, for the next one. "
“Tomorrow, the race will be even more uncertain than usual since all the teams have very few references, both because we haven't raced on this beautiful track for seven years, and because we haven't was able to run yesterday due to weather conditions. "
“After today's result, we have the opportunity to choose different strategies with our drivers and we will try to make the most of this opportunity. "
“Finally, I would like to congratulate our reserve driver, Antonio Giovinazzi, for the best qualifying of the season: a performance which will certainly give him renewed confidence. "
Eifel GP starting grid
|1 Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes|
|2 Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes|
|3 Max Verstappen||Red Bull|
|4 Charles Leclerc||Ferrari|
|5 Alex Albon||Red Bull|
|6 Daniel Ricciardo||Renault|
|7 Esteban Ocon||Renault|
|8 Lando Norris||Mclaren|
|9 Sergio Perez||Racing Point|
|10 Carlos Sainz||Mclaren|
|11 Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari|
|12 Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri|
|13 Daniil Kvyat||AlphaTauri|
|14 Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa romeo|
|15 Kevin Magnussen||Haas|
|16 Romain Grosjean||Haas|
|17 George Russell||Williams|
|18 Nicolas Latifi||Williams|
|19 Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa romeo|
|20 Nico Hülkenberg||Racing Point|