Ferrari tempo is real, say rivals
Pink Bull and Mercedes consider Ferrari’s front-running tempo on the Monaco Grand Prix is real and that it will likely be a three-way combat for pole place on Saturday.
Carlos Sainz was second within the first follow session however Charles Leclerc managed simply 4 laps earlier than a gearbox drawback ended his working. The Monegasque driver bounced again in spectacular trend although as he led a Ferrari 1-2 in FP2, and Max Verstappen wasn’t anticipating to see such a robust efficiency from the Scuderia.
“I’m stunned how aggressive Ferrari is however I feel it simply reveals that we’re fairly weak,” Verstappen mentioned. “They’re doing very properly and we’re very weak, so then the offset may be very large. Fortunately we’ve a free day tomorrow so we are able to look into issues. A number of issues want to vary, I feel.
“Nonetheless, the hole they’ve is large round right here. We have to enhance so much to match them.”
Sergio Perez agreed with Verstappen, including: “Yeah, they’re fairly robust. I imply, Charles missed Follow 1 and nonetheless made all of it the best way to P1. They appear to be fairly robust on the market.”
Each Verstappen and Perez mentioned Pink Bull has work to do with its personal automotive — a sense echoed by Valtteri Bottas, who additionally believes Ferrari is within the combine for pole in Monaco.
“I really feel that, from my aspect, I’m missing from the entrance finish within the automotive on this monitor,” Bottas mentioned. “We’ve had related points, just a little bit, at some tracks, mid-corner. That is primarily medium- and slow-speed corners and in the event you don’t have the sensation on the entrance, if it’s going to show in or not, you possibly can simply lose fairly a little bit of time. Additionally, it seems like our automotive is a bit stiff — like all of the bumps and the cambers on the corners, it’s fairly upsetting — so it’s one thing we’ll take a look into.
“Ferrari seems to be actually fast and Pink Bull as properly, so it’s not going to be nearly two groups. It ought to be enjoyable.”