Scuderia Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc will start tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix from fifth and seventh places on the grid respectively at the 5.278-kilometre Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne. It was a difficult and frustrating qualifying session for the Maranello team as Ferrari had hoped for a much better result especially after the encouraging pace and performance expressed in the final stages of the third practice session.
Unfortunately the cold tyres and a series of miscommunication factors in the final stages of Q3 prevented the Scuderia from securing a better starting position ahead of Sunday’s race in Australia. The Melbourne event gets underway tomorrow at 14 local (7 CET) over 58 laps, which is the equivalent to 306.124 kilometres.
Here are the comments and impressions of Scuderia Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur at the end of the qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix:
“Today’s qualifying was very close and unfortunately, things did not go to plan for us. In Q3, we were on the limit in terms of time at the end of the session so we didn’t do a preparation lap with Charles Leclerc. Carlos Sainz didn’t manage to put a lap together, losing a few tenths in the first corner on what would have been his best lap, otherwise he could have been second or third. However, the points are given out tomorrow and, since Jeddah, we have worked on getting consistent and strong performance from the SF-23 in race trim. Now we will prepare for the race as well as possible with the intention of moving up the order. Overtaking is not easy here, but it can be an unpredictable race.” – the Ferrari boss said, as reported by the Maranello team’s official website at the end of qualifying.
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