Ferrari at a loss over lack of Australian Grand Prix pace

Virginia Santiago
March 21, 2019

The Briton has won four of the last five championships, beaten only by then-team mate Nico Rosberg in 2016 when Mercedes were dominant, and also started last season with a second place in Melbourne. As for team-mate Charles Leclerc, he dutifully followed fourth-placed Vettel home in a career-best fifth, adhering to a team request not to challenge, having nearly been inadvertently forced off by his team-mate on the first lap. But we stay calm because we believe in the potential of this auto.

'There are always ups and downs, and you can really see the true support quite easily. In sport, there's always ups and downs and you can really see the true support. through the hard times, you can see the other part which a lot more negative.

"I can't say criticism is unfair because everyone can say what they want but "to whom it may concern", maybe they should look in the mirror and think why they do that". This is the Valtteri Bottas that I have seen (in Australia).

Bottas went winless last season but said this victory was a definitive performance.

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Explaining the outburst, Bottas explained that he did not plan the expletive but felt it was justified given the criticism he received over the winter.

"With Ferrari something's not been right this weekend but I'm pretty sure that vehicle is still good. That's all that matters".

Hamilton suffered issues of his own, as his Mercedes auto was damaged by some debris left on track following Daniel Ricciardo's first-lap problems.

Images of the pit stop on lap 15 showed the team struggling to get the left-front wheel attached and clearly something went awry in the 17 laps that followed.

However, the gap between Bottas and Hamilton was a very large one, something that Vettel did not quite understand.

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"Sebastian was managing his pace because of poor grip and bringing the auto home". "I didn't have much chance to fight anyone, just a case of getting to the end. It wasn't a problem for me to finish second".

Thank you for your feedback. Since Friday FP1, we never found the right balance on the vehicle, and we struggled with the tyres.

"One thing we are certain is that today, this weekend, is not the real potential of the vehicle", said Binotto.

Nope. The team was just slower than expected.

"It just came, I just wanted to send my best regards", he told reporters.

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Leclerc, in his first season with Ferrari and only his second in F1, accepted the decision to tell him to hold station.

"I think I need to reconstruct the radio calls, how that happened".

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