Vettel sees silver lining in Mugello result
Sebastian Vettel sees a silver lining in his Mugello result, even though he undermined his own result by pointing out that DNFs aided him
Ferrari's 1000th race, the 2020 Tuscan GP, was appropriately strange in the circumstances, for few more so than the team celebrating their anniversary, who derived satisfaction from the fact that they had both cars within the points - a stark reminder of the struggles of the outfit.
Vettel was narrowly within the points, coming tenth after fighting Williams' George Russell. By the skin of his teeth, the German missed out on P9, as Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen - carrying a time penalty - looked set to lose his position to the Ferrari driver, only to develop a gap large enough to ensure him his position.
And, though he saw the silver lining that was the double-points finish, Vettel had a hard time getting enthusiastic over such a result, as he was upset not to have capitalized on the chaotic race. Granted, he had to overcame a Lap 1 tangle with McLaren's Carlos Sainz but even with stoppages, they were far behind.
"It was a busy afternoon but if you have three chances, you hope that, you get more than one point," said Vettel. "First of all, there weren't that many other cars behind us. I think, we fought really hard and tried to do everything we can, obviously we are not happy with the positions that we had.
"It was a tough day for us, the car was difficult to drive, we didn't really have the pace to pus more. I would have loved to capitalise a little bit more on other people’s mistakes, but at least we were quite lucky to generally stay out of trouble. We were not quick enough and it is difficult to answer why. There is more than one reason.
"Obviously our car is not quick enough, but I think it was expected for us to have better race pace so we need to have a look at that," Vettel added. It was his first points finish since Barcelona as he languishes in 13th with just the 17 to his name.
"A very disappointing result brings to an end an historic weekend for Ferrari, with our one 1000th F1 Grand Prix," team boss Mattia Binotto added. "While in qualifying, at least with Charles we managed to get a result in line with our expectations, we didn’t have the pace to allow our drivers to fight with their nearest rivals, suffering especially with tyre degradation. Both Charles and Sebastian did the best they could, given the performance level of the car.
"We are working hard to try and correct its basic faults, but it’s not something that can be done in a short space of time, nor with a few updates. That doesn’t mean we won’t be bringing new solutions between now and the end of the season, but we have to be realistic with ourselves and with our fans."
[This story was written by me for FormulaRapida, and edited by Darshan Chokhani]