Sebastian Vettel topped pre season testing in Barcelona and Ferrari was considered to own advantage going into this season-opening race, but neglected to score a podium since Mercedes dominated and Red Bull snuck ahead.
Both Ferrari drivers complained that the balance they enjoyed in analyzing was not exactly the exact same at Melbourne, which directed Mercedes boss Toto Wolff to suggest that his team’therefore rival had not got its set-up right.
Asked when it had been a reasonable comment from Wolff, and if the different character of the Albert Park circuit played a part, Ferrari team chief Mattia Binotto said: “Conditions [in Melbourne] are certainly different to Barcelona: easy bumpy, quite a bit windier as well, different, high fever and weather requirements.
“However, as Toto said, apparently he’s well-aware, we didn’t even get the right window — when we could call it a window — or even the right balance of the automobile.
“Something we’re certain of this very day which weekend is this ’therefore not the actual potential of our vehicle.
“We are pretty certain the potential is undoubtedly bigger and also we have yet to be able to exploit it all through this weekend. ”
Ferrari tried different set up notions from Friday clinic to qualifying but neglected to locate the break through it had been searching for.
Binotto reported that this was “undoubtedly surprising ” and that Ferrari needed to locate reasons swiftly to ensure its slump is only a oneoff.
“You’re always expecting to deal with and enhance the situation throughout the weekend whenever you’t have any issues with balance and the set-up,” he explained. “It didn’t happen. We will need to bring all the data straight home and try to analyse it.
“This needs to keep an exclusion all through the season. But I think that it will likely be a good lesson learned.
“If we may identify where the difficulty has been, we could be back even more stronger. ”
Vettel and also his team mate Charles Leclerc consented by using their team boss that there is reason to be convinced heading into the upcoming grand prix in Bahrain.
“We have the tools, all the ingredients,” said Vettel. “We’ve got a fantastic car, we know it.
“This weekend we didn’t, and we were not competitive enough, but we will be back.”
New Ferrari signing Leclerc added: “It is not like we arrived with a different car to analyzing.
“In earlier times it has been seen a lot of times that it’s a strange path also it is not always very representative of the actual performance of all the cars here in Australia.
“I am confident that we are able to return. ”
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