F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel says, “there is no extra pressure at Monza”
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel says he does “not really” feel any extra pressure driving for Ferrari at their home race.
He is 17 points behind MercedesAMGs’ Lewis Hamilton, the championship leader, but is favorite to win Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
“Everyone can feel something special is going on. We have a good car but we need to make it happen,” said Mr. Vettel.
Mr. Vettel suffered a minor crash in the F1 Live event in Milan Wednesday, acknowledged that Ferrari were “going in the right direction” but he emphasized that MercedesAMG “is still very strong”.
He added: “It is good to see we are getting stronger. In some areas, we have caught up. In others maybe we have a little bit of an edge. That is where we want to be, and maybe even beyond that.
“We want to keep that level through the year, and if there is a gap to increase it. It is going in the right way but there are a lot of things that can be improved and we need to focus on those and go step by step.
“It is a great feeling when you can fight for Pole and victory. It is what you want.”
Last Sunday at Spa, Mr.Hamilton was comfortably beaten after the Ferrari passed him down the straight on the 1st lap of the race like he was standing still.
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MercedesAMG team boss, Toto Wolff acknowledged that the Ferrari now has a power advantage over MercedesAMG.
Speaking Sunday after the Belgian Grand Prix, Mr. Hamilton said: “Luckily, apart from T1, it is not that slow there, so I am hoping the traction loss we are having in these super-slow corners won’t be as bad there.”
Mr. Wolff added: “The last race where we have been quickest in pure pace was Silverstone. Since then, Ferrari have been quicker.
“Monza was a good 1 for MercedesAMG last year, so I am very curious to see how it is going to go in Monza.
“Last year we were very much in control of the weekend. Ferrari had their worst weekend of the whole season performance-wise.
“I am not worried. I think we should still address the opportunities that exist within our car where we need to optimise and only that will make us win the championship.”
|Italian Grand Prix coverage details|
|Date||Session||Time||Radio coverage||Online text commentary|
|Thursday, 30 August||Preview||21:30-22:00||BBC Radio 5 live|
|Friday, 31 August||First practice||09:55-11:35||BBC Sport online||From 09;30|
|Second practice||13:55-15:35||BBC Sport online||From 13:30|
|Friday, 31 August||Alonso special||21:30-22:00||BBC Sport online|
|Saturday, 1 September||Final practice||10:55-12:05||BBC Sport online||From 10:30 (continuous)|
|Qualifying||13:55-15:05||BBC Sport online|
|Sunday, 2 September||Race||14:10-16:00||BBC Radio 5 live||From 12:30|
|Monday, 3 September||Review||04:30-05:00||BBC Radio 5 live|