Sebastian Vettel will be aiming for his third successive Bahrain Grand Prix win on Sunday as Scuderia Ferrari seek to show their lack of pace in Formula One’s Australian season opener was a one-off. Tipped as pre-season favourites, the German and new teammate Charles Leclerc finished fourth and fifth in Melbourne, nearly a minute behind the dominant race-winning Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.
Albert Park can be seen as something of an outlier but Ferrari hope the more traditional layout of Bahrain’s 5.4km Sakhir desert track will allow them to unlock the full potential of the SF90 car.
The most successful team in Bahrain, with six wins overall, can draw encouragement from 2018 when Mercedes were faster in Australia only for Ferrari to turn the tables with a front-row lockout and victory for Sebastian Vettel. However, the four-time Formula One world champions has admitted that the Maranello team are not completely sure they have found a solution for the problems encountered at the Australian Grand Prix:
“We’ve done a good analysis, we have some answers, but not all of them. There were things from the setup, things from the configuration. We hope that in the next races it will be much closer. Mercedes was more competitive than expected and we less than we thought.” – Sebastian Vettel said, as the German driver also added that they have “things” on the car this week which should help the performane, but he can’t promise anything since the track will show whether the solution work or not.