Scuderia Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel certainly had a contrasting day at the Austrian Grand Prix. Sebastian started 11th and made ground to be just two places behind his team-mate following the first Safety Car, but as future team-mate Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz battled into Turn Three, Sebastian Vettel tried to take advantage with a move up the inside.
But the four-time champion, who wants to remain in the sport next year, spun, made contact with the McLaren and fell back down the field. Sebastian Vettel eventually scored a point, although only as the 10th finisher of 11.
“To be honest I’m happy that I spun only once,” said Vettel, who struggled with the SF1000’s handling. “It was very difficult. It got very tight and I think Carlos turned in and I was just on the edge because I wanted to be as close as possible. But to be honest I lost the rear a couple of times today, as I said I’m happy it happened only once. We need to have a good look but for sure the car was very difficult to drive today.” – he explained.
Mattia Binotto added: “It’s not been his greatest race today. I think he was uncomfortable with the car, the balance of the car. He said the car was not as driveable as it was on Friday. I think when a driver is in such a condition he is not delivering his best. The spin and contact was certainly not a great action from his side. He’s conscious of it.” – the Ferrari Team Principal concluded.