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SportVettel "not too worried" about gap to Mercedes

10:55  16 march  2019
10:55  16 march  2019 Source:   readsport.co

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“I’m not too worried about us clashing with F1 as I don’t think they are a concern,” Wolff, the Venturi team principal, told e-racing365. “Our races are mostly on a Saturday in the late afternoon so they don’t predominantly clash with qualifying at grands prix and rarely race on the same day as F1.

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Vettel "not too worried" about gap to Mercedes © Charles Coates/Getty Images Sport F1 Grand Prix of Australia - Practice

Sebastian Vettel has stated that he is “not too worried” about the gap to Mercedes after finishing third in qualifying for the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton clinched a sixth consecutive pole position in Melbourne, beating team-mate Valtteri Bottas in what was a close dual between the Mercedes pair.

Vettel ended up a distant third for Ferrari, 0.704 seconds behind Hamilton’s benchmark.

His team-mate Charles Leclerc qualified in fifth place, nearly a full second adrift of pole.

The result contradicted the form guide from pre-season testing, with Hamilton suggesting on the final day in Barcelona that Mercedes was 0.5s behind the pacesetting Ferraris.

Vettel: Ferrari team spirit is right after personnel changes

Vettel: Ferrari team spirit is right after personnel changes Sebastian Vettel says from he’s seen over the winter Ferrari’s team spirit “is right and on track” after going through changes to its management structure. The Italian outfit parted company with former team principal Maurizio Arrivabene in late 2018 after four years of service, promoting technical director Mattia Binotto to succeed him as Ferrari boss. The team has also tweaked its driver line-up for the first time since 2014 as Charles Leclerc partners Vettel in just his second season in Formula 1.

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Ferrari and Mercedes were split by just 0.003s after Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest times of the winter on the final day in “It’s always difficult to say if we haven’t done a run like they did but I’m not too worried about it. “They are very quick, but I’m happy with what we’ve done

“By the looks of things they had a pretty tidy qualifying,” Vettel said. “For us, it was ok but compared to those guys we were just not quick enough.

“The race is tomorrow though and we have a good car.

“This track is very specific so I’m not too worried but, for sure, it’s not great. I would have loved for it to be the other way round.”

Vettel "not too worried" about gap to Mercedes © Charles Coates/Getty Images Sport Charles Coates/Getty Images Sport

At last season’s Australian Grand Prix, Hamilton was similarly dominant in qualifying and was 0.664s clear of the field. Ferrari then completed two front row lockouts at the next two races in Bahrain and China.

Hamilton was unable to convert pole in Australia to a win in either 2017 or ’18, with Vettel scooping victory on both occasions by leapfrogging Hamilton through the pitstops.

“You never know what’s [going to happen],” he added. “Last year, we got a bit lucky but the race is over when there is the chequered flag.

“Mercedes are the clear favourites after the result today and the pace they have shown so far, but we’re here to race. Otherwise, it would be quite dull and I’m sure everyone would agree.

“We’ll see tomorrow – I think our starts are quite handy so we will go from there.”

Leclerc takes first career pole at Bahrain.
Charles Leclerc will be on pole position for the first time in Formula 1 after finishing fastest in qualifying in Bahrain. Leclerc, in only his second race for Ferrari, strolled to pole with relative ease after a flawless qualifying performance, which saw him top all three of the qualifying sessions on his way to pole position. Leclerc’s team-mate, Sebastian Vettel, had a slightly more difficult time out on track but still managed to finish in second place after narrowly edging out Lewis Hamilton for third.

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