One of the traits of this Ferrari last season was strong top-speed performance, however Vettel and also Charles Leclerc seemed to fight in this field from the Australian Grand Prix.
Red Bull motor sport adviser Helmut Marko hinted prior to the weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix this could be a mix of Ferrari backing off because of heating issues and getting pegged back by shut engine loopholes for 2019.
While I state anyplace, that means also down the straights.
This past year we had an extremely successful car and possibly in the end of the season we were a little short in terms of down force, so then you’ll be faster down on the straights.
“therefore, I think this year’s car, if it gives us the feeling we know is a very sturdy vehicle, is very fast around the corners, maybe it’s a bit lower down the straights.
“However, I think we’ve not had enough time [enough] races, to truly provide a reasonable answer.”
Vettel evaded a question by Motorsport.com roughly Marko’s assertion Ferrari had a heating problem and also a need to save gas from Melbourne.
“Well, it always depends where you are compared to others,” he explained. “However, I don’t think we are in another ball game to other men and women.
Helmut was sleeping I’m not sure where he did his first analysis!”
Vettel finished higher than a moment behind race winner Valtteri Bottas at Australia, at which Ferrari was far less competitive than in pre-season testing.
Ferrari has implemented”adjustments” predicated on what it learned in a tough opening weekend but Vettel reported the”answers” may only be partly useful.
“The key factor for me personally is I drove an automobile in winter testing that I really liked and felt quite comfortable in, it was doing what I would like, I didn’t have much to moan or complain about — we travelled along to Australia and it was not there,” he explained.
“We have any responses in terms of the shortage of performance for Australia.
He added:”We’ll never get the real answer because you don’t go back before next year.
“There’s always a few lessons — several were about the set-up, others were about the [circuit] configuration.
“You throw everything in the mix and we have reason to believe people should be stronger here, but that I don’t want to set several to it.
“Mercedes was more competitive than we expected, together with the actual fact that we were less competitive than we anticipated that explains the large blip.”