Ferrari team boss Fred Vasseur has insisted that his team can challenge McLaren during Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.
The two teams were very close in qualifying, with McLaren putting their cars in second and third, whilst Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz had to settle for fourth and sixth respectively.
Whilst all the talk has been about whether Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri can challenge Max Verstappen for the race victory, Vasseur claimed that his two drivers are certainly in the hunt for a podium.
“We were expecting qualifying to be tough, but only a little," he told Sky Sport Italia.
"Q1 was quite hard because we had to use a new set of tyres after the red flag. It is what it is; we can’t go after Sargeant because he didn’t do it on purpose, but that penalised us. Charles was only one-tenth from the McLaren, so it’s a shame because we could’ve been on the first row.”
”We have a good chance to beat McLaren tomorrow because we had a good pace today. The start of the race in Suzuka is always a tipping point; it’s not easy with Turn one and Turn two. We need a clear strategy and a bit of luck.”
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