Ferrari’s improvement in qualifying for the Hungarian GP doesn’t hide the fact they still remain far behind Formula 1’s front-runners, says Sebastian Vettel.
Qualifying fifth and sixth with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc respectively, the Scuderia enjoyed its best performance on a Saturday of the 2020 season so far.
That said, Vettel has indicated it will be tough to move any further up the order on Sunday due to the performance advantage of Mercedes and Racing Point.
“I think it is much better than the previous weekend,” he said. “For the first time we have both cars in Q3, so I think we know that Austria didn’t really suit us and we lost a lot of time in the straights and here I think there are a lot more corners to make up for it.
The car felt better balanced as well so I think we are much closer compared to the people around us. But there is still a lot of work ahead.
“The forecast says it might rain in the race and although we struggled a bit in the wet yesterday, it might actually give us a bit more of a chance tomorrow, although the two teams ahead of us seem to be on a different planet!”
Much has been made of the updates Ferrari brought to their car after the first race of the season in Austria, and while there seems to have been an improvement in Hungary, team boss Mattia Binotto acknowledged they are still far away from where they want to be.
“The result of qualifying is an accurate reflection of our current potential. We can’t really be happy about being on the third row, especially when you look at the gap to the team on the front.
“Having said that, it’s interesting to note the difference down the few straight sections on this track, between some cars and the rest of the pack. On a track with very different characteristics to the one in Spielberg, we managed to get the most out of our car, but it’s clearly not enough.”