Under high pressure Sebastian Vettel is hunting with his Ferrari engineers after the season-opener in Australia lost time. In addition to the Tinkering at the company's headquarters in Maranello to formula 1-the start of the season Mercedes signed mercilessly suspended four-time world champion is still in the chord Souvenirs for Fans. After the shock caused by the double success of the silver arrows Vettel and the Scuderia on their title mission to get in the desert race of Bahrain the curve.
"We need to make sure that we have understood the areas where we were in Australia weak, and corrected", asked Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto clear before the second Grand Prix of the season on Sunday (17.10 Uhr/RTL and Sky). "We expect that the corrections make a noticeable, although we are aware that our competitors will be very strong."
after the first 58 laps of these young formula 1 season, the margin for error in the case of Ferrari seems to be exhausted. Too hard the impressions from the other end of the world weigh, as Vettel and his new team-mate Charles Leclerc could not keep the pace from kick-off winner Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. The red racing car, the liability was missing, the tires alarmingly. "This must remain an exception," said Binotto clear, in the final phase of the pressing Leclerc in favour of Vettel, even the brakes.
"A race alone does not determine the balance of power for the Rest of the season," said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and warned of a counter attack the Italians. "We have seen the potential in the package of the Ferrari in Barcelona and expect that you will come in Bahrain, strengthened back," said Wolff, and remembered trips to the convincing performances of the Scuderia in the test. "Ferrari will do everything in its Power to fight back."
After all, Vettel and Ferrari from your past can draw on the Persian Gulf Confidence. After a tactical Thriller, the edge of the notch in the past year, the very top of the podium, and the record is four Be the winner. Ferrari introduced under the flood light is already six times the fastest car, Scuderia icon Michael Schumacher in 2004 was even premiere winner.
Difficult conditions in the desert
"It is difficult to find in the desert, the right rhythm, especially because of the sand that is blown by the Wind on the course," explained Vettel, in his fifth Ferrari of the year, finally the world title. "If you deviate just a Millimeter from the ideal line, you begin to slip and can throw the round in the barrel because you can't make up for the lost time."
Mercedes was able to win for the last time in 2016 by the later world champion Nico Rosberg in Bahrain, previously, Hamilton had been twice in a row successfully. With huge self-confidence, in particular, the teammate of five-time world traveling master: Bottas was in Melbourne, according to his own statement, the "best race" of his life and had even distanced by a damage to the underbody of his car impaired Hamilton.More about
"Why are we so slow?" Sebastian Vettel has dropped in the formula 1 opener in Melbourne
applies Not only to the silver arrow Duo, what Wolff route as a clear March ahead of the second leg of the formula 1 world tour, claimed: "We need to get every ounce of Performance out of our package and continue to work hard." Only in this way also, perhaps, lost time. (dpa)