FLASH: Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari have a few tricks up their sleeves for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix and will need to bring up something special to end MercedesAMG’s strong run.
The Sun was out in Montreal Thursday, as the Canadian Grand Prix weekend at the Gilles Villenueve circuit got underway.
For this the 7th round of the World Championship, Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc tended to the usual Thursday task of meeting the media to talk about the upcoming event, 1 day ahead of the start of free practice.
Here is what the Ferrari drivers said:
Sebastian was the 1st one to Meet the Press and said he was feeling confident going into the weekend. “There’s no point in making predictions when we have yet to go out on track. It’s better to wait until after the first practice, but the characteristics of the Montreal track should, on paper, be well suited to the SF90. So far, we have not been as competitive as we would have liked, but the team has never stopped working and our aim is still to give our competitors a hard time. We continue to work on improving our tyre management and generally on improving grip. On this topic, I believe the next few races will be important in order to understand how much our car can improve.”
Next it was Charles’ turn and he clearly was keen to get out on track. “Montreal is another street circuit, which as you know is the sort I like best. We are ready to give everything to maximize the outcome of this race weekend. At a power sensitive circuit such as this one, we will aim to take advantage of the strengths of our car and the track’s layout, although at the moment it’s hard to tell which teams will have the advantage. The target is always to aim as high as possible and we will see where we stand after qualifying. As always, the goal for me is to do the best job I can and understand where I can improve. It will only be the 2nd time I race at this track, but I expect to improve bit by bit the more time I spend on track.”
In the afternoon, the drivers attended the usual engineering meetings to prepare the job sheet for Friday.
Apart from meeting up with the engineers, Messrs Vettel and Leclerc took obligatory track walk to check out any changes to the surface and other features, while getting a first glimpse of the Canadian kerbs they will use and the walls they will brush in order to put in quick lap times.
FP1 takes place Friday at 10a (16 CET) followed by FP2 at 2p (20 CET). FP3 will be at 11a (17 CET) and Qualifying Saturday gets underway at 2p (20 CET). The race starts Sunday at 2.10p (20.10 CET) click here for more information.
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