F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) 3rd at Monza with a “Broken” Racer
Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) driver Sebastian Vettel struggled with a power steering problem in the 18 laps of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, he did not trust the car under braking, as he drove cautiously for the Chequered Flag.
Mr. Vettel finished 3rd behind MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas and lost the lead of the world championship, with an off at the first chicane caused by a power steering problem damaging his car.
He said that affected his pace in the last 18 laps of the 53-lap race at Monza. Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo finish 4th.
“I went off at Turn 1 and I think something broke,” said Mr. Vettel.
“The left side of the steering was a bit down and I couldn’t trust the car on braking.
“Monza is a fast and braking track, so the last laps did not show the pace I could have done.”
Mr. Vettel believes Ferrari was 1/2 sec a lap slower than MercedesAMG on pace at Monza, but insists he is not concerned by this after what he called an “Up & Down” weekend.
As Monza is an unusual track with very low downforce, long straights and few corners, he is not reading too much into the result.
“We probably lacked half a second per lap today but there are not all the parts you can judge,” said Mr. Vettel.
“I am not worried by the gap, Monza is specific place and if you have that bit of confidence it makes a difference.
“We knew it would be a difficult race, perhaps we expected to be closer.
“It’s not nice to see them winning but with third we gave everything we had. I am very positive right now.”
Despite the bad result and losing the points lead after back-to-back victories for Hamilton at Spa and Monza, Mr. Vettel remains confident in Ferrari’s ability to challenge MercedesAMG in the remaining 7 races of the Y 2017 season
“You could say it was a bad day, but I know the team is on the right way and there is a lot of stuff that is going to improve,” said Vettel.
“Overall, it has been amazing to see where we are, but I know we will get strong so I am in a positive mood.
“I’m not worried. I know that there is still a long way to go and we have the people behind us, so it is a great feeling.”
Singapore in 2 weeks, so stay tuned…