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27 | 07 | 2019 GP Deutschland / GP Germany  Hockenheim – Dire is the only way to describe Scuderia Ferrari’s performance in qualifying for the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring. Two unrelated problems sidelined Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, so that they were unable to capitalise on the potential they had shown in free practice.

Sebastian’s qualifying was over practically before it started. On his lap out of the pits, the German felt a drop in power on his car, which was traced to an airflow problem for the turbo. He managed to bring the SF90 back to the pits but it proved impossible to fix the fault in time. Sebastian therefore starts from the back of the grid.

Sebastian Vettel #5
“I was looking forward to having fun this afternoon, as the car has been really competitive all weekend. So what happened is definitely a great shame. I had a good feeling from the car yesterday and it was even better this morning. We had a chance to start from first place, but now we start from last. Of course it is bitterly disappointing, especially that this should happen here at my home race, in front of such a large crowd of fans.
It could not have happened at a worse time. As for the problem itself, I had no warning that anything was wrong and as I exited the pits, I just lost power. But I am still looking forward to the race and I will try my best to make up as many places as possible, in the hope of at least bringing home some points.”

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25 | 07 | 2019 GP Deutschland / GP Germany  Hockenheim is currently a cauldron with temperatures hovering around the 40 degree mark, as Scuderia Ferrari embarked on the first day of work at the German Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc braved the heat and humidity to tackle the usual walk around the track, before starting on the engineering meetings in preparation for tomorrow’s two free practice sessions starting at 11 and 15 CET. Joining Charles on the track walk was his younger brother Arthur, who is racing here in the 3 races that make up this round of the ADAC F4 championship.

With the media. Sebastian was one of the panellists in this afternoon’s FIA press conference and he was asked a lot of questions, the first relating to his expectations for the coming weekend. “I want to win on Sunday, that’s the goal for me, for the team and for everyone who is coming here to see us. Even if we can’t claim to be favourites, I am planning to give it my best shot. Race by race we are learning how to get a better understanding of the car and I think that, here in Germany, we should be able to do well,” affirmed Vettel. “So far this season, there have been times when we managed to be very competitive and others when we were less so. However, what is clear to us is that we have made constant progress and I’m sure that over the course of the rest of the year, that will translate into real results.” Sebastian was also asked about the pressure that goes with racing at home and also with driving for Scuderia Ferrari. “Racing with this team never weighs on you. Rather, it’s an honour and a privilege and I’m not scared of the pressure. I’m the one who puts pressure on myself, because I always try and do everything as well as possible. We are giving it our all, we need to take the last step, the most important one and we will not stop until we have made that final leap” he added.

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26 | 07 | 2019 GP Deutschland / GP Germany  Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc got through all their planned programme for the two Friday free practice sessions in preparation for the German Grand Prix. They also topped the time sheets on a day when Hockenheim was a veritable furnace with the air temperature reaching 38 degrees, while the track temp hit 52.

FP1. In the first session, Sebastian and Charles ran the Soft tyres, working on finding the best car balance for qualifying and the race. They also assessed various aero configurations, while simulating different phases of the race. Overall, the two drivers did 46 laps, 21 for Vettel, with a best of 1’14”013, while Leclerc did 25, stopping the clocks in 1’14”268.

FP2. In the second 90 minutes, when air and track temperatures shot up, Charles and Sebastian began with a qualifying simulation to set their best times of the day in 1’13”449 and 1’13”573 respectively. The team then began working in race trim, with Leclerc running the Medium tyres and Sebastian the Hards.

Programme. The third free practice session in preparation for qualifying begins at noon, while the grid-decider begins at 15.00 CET, when the forecast is for quite a high risk of a thunderstorm. There is less chance of rain on Sunday (the race will start at 15.10), but the temperatures are due to drop.

Sebastian Vettel #5
“I am happy with how today went. It took me a short while before finding the rhythm. We lost a bit of time in the first session when running the Mediums because of a red flag.
I don’t know what programme our rivals were on, and how much they had to turn down the engine mapping because of the heat. It would be nice to have this weather on Sunday.
Overall, it was a positive day, mainly because we have understood how to manage the car in these conditions. We got through all our programme aimed at having the car in the best possible set up and we have to continue down this route tomorrow, when track conditions and the weather could be very different.”

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14 | 07 | 2019 GP Großbritannien / GP Great Britain  It was not an easy day for Scuderia Ferrari at the British Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc took the team’s ninth podium of the season at Silverstone but Sebastian Vettel finished outside the points, after he collided with Max Verstappen on lap 37.

Safety Car period. On lap 20, Antonio Giovinazzi went off track and the race director invoked the Virtual Safety Car. Sebastian Vettel made the most of this, pitting to go from Soft to Hard tyres, rejoining in third place. On the same lap, Verstappen made a second stop, which meant the Scuderia had to react, immediately calling in Charles again to switch him from the Mediums to the Hard. In the meantime, the real Safety Car had come out and the field closed up. Leclerc therefore found himself on the tail of Verstappen and Gasly in the Red Bulls. These two soon swapped places so that Charles was now following the Frenchman, whom he passed on lap 35 on the outside of the Loop corner.

Sebastian. Ahead of Charles, Verstappen had meanwhile closed on Sebastian. On lap 37, the Dutchman attacked the German down the Hangar Straight and went past. Vettel tried to respond at the next braking point, but the move went wrong and he ran into the back of the Red Bull. Verstappen managed to keep going, losing a few seconds, but Sebastian had to pit to change the front wing. The German was deemed to have caused the collision and given a 10 second penalty, added to his final race time, which dropped him to sixteenth.

Next race. The Formula 1 World Championship is back in action in a fortnight’s time with the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Sebastian Vettel #5
“Regarding the incident with Max, it was my mistake and I spoke to him afterwards and apologized. I had thought a gap would open up on the inside but it didn’t and it looked for a second as if he was pulling into the middle but he stayed left, but by that time it was already too late, I was too close and I couldn’t avoid the crash. Ferrari and Red Bull have been very closely matched in the last few races and I think it would have been difficult to fight Max off anyway.
Apart from that, our race pace was really good, and the initial laps went well and I benefited from the Safety Car to get ahead of three cars. I don’t think we could have won today, but I’m not happy that I didn’t even score any points.”

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