Ferrari issues down to chassis not tyres admits Vettel

Ferrari issues down to chassis not tyres admits Vettel

"Second, I think we struggled a little bit over the course of the weekend with the tyres".

Kimi Raikkonen retired the second Ferrari with a loss of power, which followed an engine change after Friday practice, to complete what team boss Maurizio Arrivabene called "a weekend in which nothing went right".

"It's a different track, so for us the work was more global, to keep understanding the auto, to be able to pinpoint the weaknesses of the vehicle and make sure we take the right direction, we take the right steps that it needs when we go to tracks that are similar to this one to be competitive".

"After that, we had an internal meeting in Pirelli where we evaluated everything and then we prepared a report for the FIA explaining why we were requesting this change".

"It's good to have the test to be able to compare and I think we have some ideas", he said. They changed, but they changed for everyone. As I said it was good in terms of timing, coming from a poor weekend for us.

"If we don't see those [three things] then there are no excuses".

However, even in qualifying, Mercedes and Hamilton were accused of benefitting from a decision by tyre manufacturers Pirelli.

Vettel said Ferrari could not rely on the change in form being down to its auto not suiting the circuit or the tyres.

"We all had our updates for this race, maybe the others have brought more than us".

"Once we confirmed that in Melbourne everything was back to a normal situation, I personally contacted all the teams to ask for their opinion and I collected different opinions. Why find excuses? Bottom line is we were not quick enough to win, and that's what needs to be addressed".

With Ferrari now down on Mercedes after the team grabbed a 1-2 at the race last weekend, Vettel says the team knows they have a strong vehicle and have learned how to tackle tracks like Catalunya in the near future.

Isola stressed the decision to make the change in tread thickness was made in consultation with the teams, with Ferrari understood to be among those with blistering in testing.This year's pole position time was three seconds quicker than in 2017 and the difference in race pace in the four-to-five second bracket.

"It was good to have the possibility to revisit", said Vettel.

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