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Upgraded Ferrari 'not a game-changer' - Vettel

Upgraded Ferrari 'not a game-changer' - Vettel

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Upgraded Ferrari 'not a game-changer' - Vettel

Upgraded Ferrari 'not a game-changer' - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel does not believe Ferrari's upgrade for the SF1000 will prove to be a game-changer for the Formula 1 team.

Vettel and team-mate Charles Leclerc had their first taste of the new package - that included a revised front wing - in Friday practice ahead of last weekend's Styrian Grand Prix.

But a rain-hit qualifying and then the duo's collision on the first lap of the race meant the Scuderia was unable to fully evaluate any gains from the parts.

As to knowing where Ferrari now stands and what the new parts are worth, Vettel said: "It's a difficult question, and probably the right answer is we don't exactly know.

"Sunday would have helped us to understand better, at the same track, to see the pace one weekend and then the next.

"We know the parts have worked, and we obviously would have liked them to have been a game-changer. It doesn't look at this stage like that, but then again we are yet to confirm them in real race conditions.

"It will be interesting and we are excited about seeing where the car will be in practice, and especially in the race.

"The team has a lot of experience. We know coming here what this track is about, the tyres and so on. We will see and get the final confirmation this week."

The concern for Ferrari is that it cannot consider itself a front-runner this season, and that is has slipped towards the midfield in a battle with Racing Point, McLaren and Renault.

"Realistically we are struggling with the performance at the moment," assessed Leclerc. "I think we can't consider us fighting for podiums at the moment, but we are trying to change that and to work hard as hard as possible to change this."

In contrast, Vettel attempted to offer a more optimistic view for the weekend at the Hunagroring.

"I think you can make the difference on this track," said Vettel. "We did improve our car, we know it has more downforce than the previous one.

"It's obviously not perfect and not great yet in terms of fighting for top positions, as Charles mentioned, but I hope this weekend is a bit better for us."

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DaveG1368

Seems like having Vettel on your team is toxic I think team who is planning anything with Vettel in the future should see how he act when things don't go his way. What a shame being a 4time champion

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