Scuderia Ferrari leaves Austria with a second and fourth place courtesy of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel respectively.
Charles Leclerc led from pole, his second of the season, but lost out to Max Verstappen two laps from the end. Scuderia Ferrari have still not won this season despite three poles. Sebastian Vettel had a slow first stop because a radio problem meant the mechanics were not expecting him. The German drops to fourth overall from third.
As expected, the Red Bull Ring was a track which worked well for Ferrari given the characteristics of the SF90, but sadly other factors led to the Maranello team losing the win. Both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were great this weekend, but the team (strategy/pit stop) and the car (reliability) just weren’t on top of their game. Also as Seb said, the softs lasted better than the hard tyres on the Ferrari, so they still need to understand why the hards do not work on their car.
If Ferrari would have waited a bit longer for Charles pit stop, his tyres might have been in a much better shape against Max Verstappen at the final stages of the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix. Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto explained that the Italian side had to react against Bottas, but looking back, the Mercedes driver did not really put amazing lap times after his pit stop and would not have been a threat to the Maranello team.
The next round takes place in a fortnight’s time in Silverstone.