Following Leclerc’s failure, which cost him success at Sakhir, both Ferraris and HAAS entries were fitted with a new specification controller electronic equipment component offered by Ferrari for China.
But, due to time limits in adapting the cars to a different installment, Alfa Romeo decided never to take the units for China.
Giovinazzi dropped a nozzle at the start of his first flying lap at Q1, and was unable to rush. While team mate Kimi Raikkonen will stay with the unit that has done the first two races, he will start 19th on the grid with a new case of the spec.
“Ferrari proposed to us the new spec, and we didn’t have enough time to do the installation at the car due to this setup,” Vasseur told Motorsport.com. “We had the issue today, and we will change it for tomorrow, but we will continue to keep the exact same spec. For Kimi the unit for the tomorrow will not alter.
“We’ve apologised to Antonio, and it is 100 percent my fault. I assume 100 percent of this responsibility because Ferrari proposed for us to change it. It certainly is easy after to say it’d have been simpler, but we knew arriving at China and also doing the new installation was risky.”
Giovinazzi had lost the whole of FP1 in Shanghai to an engine installation mistake that couldn’t be rectified with time to allow him to take to the course from the afternoon session. Vasseur says he behind the Italian, who’s endured a tricky start to his original full F1 season.
“It is not an easy one, because in case you return we had a problem in FP2 at Bahrain, and he was not able to complete a lap, then we’d the issue in FP1 here, again on his vehicle. These days, it is too much.
“We started the search engine, and also we did the out lap. He grabbed the line, then he grabbed some guys leaving the pits, and also the issue appeared on his lap at the end of Turn One.
“We are 200% supportive with Antonio. I understand what he can do, I understand very well what he did before, I watched every single day what he can do. It isn’t obvious so much on the time keeping, however, I am sure he will reveal it whenever possible.”
Giovinazzi himself remains upbeat about his prospects to the race.
“Unfortunately we didn’t produce a lap,” he explained. “We’d FP2 yesterday we have some data on race pace. I understand tomorrow starting from the last row will probably be hard. We are going to see. It’s a track thus we will try our best.
“Our target continues to be points. Like I said previously, it’s a track. I think we have a fantastic car on race pace. The race is so long, therefore you never know.”