Sebastian Vettel says he and team-mate Charles Leclerc are absolutely free to race this season – despite Ferrari saying they could prefer the German.
Team main Mattia Binotto has said Ferrari might give Vettel priority in order that they might avoid”mistakes you may have in a ambitious position”.
“Charles will do his best to himself and the team – it is the exact same for me.”
Ferrari have failed to capitalise on situations in the past couple of years once they were not able to conduct Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton close for its names but stumbled through motorist or team errors.
As in just about any team, there needs to be a few one a few in the 50-50 situation however it really is my job then to turn things around.
“It isn’t going to become easy. I have a whole lot to learn but I will push that.”
Leclerc was not able to offer precise examples of those sorts of events in Ferrari to he may possibly be discussing.
“To be completely honest, these 5050 situations, once the time will come I will probably be allowed understand in the car,” he explained. “To possess any proper examples, ” I don’t understand, we’ll have at the very first race. It is all very new to me but we have been absolutely free to struggle. In qualifying I could decide to try to proceed faster compared to him that won’t be easy.”
Vettel said:”We’re rushing for Ferrari, we are attempting to get Ferrari back again to where we now have been looking to get back it once again to for its last couple of years.
“It is a long season and it is a bit moot at this time to start pointing out certain situations”
Hamilton said there could be no priority given to driver at Mercedes during this stage of the growing season. His team-mate Valtteri Bottas has been made handy a race success to the Briton in Russia last year at an essential stage of the growing season.
“We are totally free to race just like each and every year,” Hamilton said. “It was said back at the mill and repeated [in a team meeting] now and that is how I want it.
“It means we have a fair shot. It’s been the exact same every year. It is only when it is at a point if one motorist doesn’t have a chance to win the tournament and I feel that is great.”
Hamilton reiterated his opinion that Mercedes are behind Ferrari on performance heading into the primary race of the summer season in Melbourne’s Albert Park that weekend.
“It was quite clear, however it is difficult to learn what everyone’s doing [in pre season testing],” the world champion said. “We’ve got a job to accomplish.”
Asked about the need for winning the primary race, Hamilton said:”it is quite a longlong season so I do not particularly feel it is by far the most significant thing, it is about completing races and becoming as much things as you can but I’m not really one for needing to postage authority”
Vettel added:”We won’t win it and we won’t lose it here. It’s really a long way. Hopefully we’ll have a solid package that conveys people the best way in which to struggle for it.”
However, Vettel, that obtained in Australia last season after Mercedes made a strategy error that given him the raceadmitted that Ferrari were in a better position heading into this season when they had been in 2018.
“Last year old testing didn’t go well with us and we had some problems with the vehicle to fix. We have a little lucky with the security car to catch the win. We have been somewhat more willing but we can not do better than last year’s response, therefore it is an arduous weekend before us.”