After a very poor performance, last Sunday at the Paul Ricard track, Ferrari’s problems continues at the Red Bull Ring. In the qualifications for the Grand Prix of Styria, the drivers of the red cars won only the seventh and 12th starting positions.
Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were quite disappointed with their results in Saturday's qualifiers. Now they have no choice but to trust that their situation will be reversed in relation to the French Grand Prix and that after weaker qualifications in the race they will be somewhat more competitive.
“I managed to connect everything in that fast lap and because of that I can be personally happy, but on the other hand, when I look at the difference between Norris and me, it’s a lot for a track like this,” Leclerc said.
Lando Norris and McLaren are Ferrari's main rivals this season, but after the French Grand Prix, the advantage of the team from Woking increased to 16 points. Norris had excellent qualifiers at Spielberg and will start third, with Perez, Bottas (due to a penalty) and Gasly settling between him and Leclerc.
Sainz about their expectation
“Clearly we expected more than seventh place, but we looked very good in training in terms of speed for the race and we didn’t want to sacrifice that at the expense of speed for qualifying.
I think that position number 7 is the best we could do today and we will move on tomorrow. " “We struggled a lot this weekend, especially with the speed for the qualifiers, which was otherwise our strength. We focused more on speed for the race, driving more long runs in training to better understand the car in those situations.
I hope that it will pay off on Sunday and that we will be faster in the race than in France ", said Charles. Carlos Sainz found it even harder to accept his qualifying result, as he was eliminated in the second round.
It happened to him for the second time this season, but he hopes Sunday will be better. "I think it's pretty clear that this track doesn't suit us. Honestly, we didn’t expect to be this far when it came to speed in one lap.
We struggled to get into the top ten in each session, so it could be seen that times are not coming as easily as on the Paul Ricard track. ” "However, the speed in the long run should be better than in France. I hope we have a cleaner race.
We are starting out of position and I hope that this time we will change the tendency from the previous races and go forward in the standings ", said the Spaniard.