Sebastian Vettel says the high tyre pressures F1 teams are required to run is making his car’s handling worse.
“Part of contributor for that in the race is obviously the balloon pressures that we are forced to run at,” he said. “That doesn’t help.
“It’s far away from, I think, where the tyres would like to run. But we have to obviously stick to the rules.”
Vettel predicted another tough race for the team on Sunday. “It will be a tricky one in the race,” he said. “We’ll be fighting a lot of cars, we will be in the pack. It’s not like racing in front and clean air and having a nice car.
“But that’s something to worry about on Sunday. Now we worry for tomorrow and hopefully get a better car because the better the car, it will also help on Sunday.”
The car’s overall balance is not dissimilar to previous races, Vettel added. “The car is difficult to drive, but it’s not the first time.
“Where are we lacking? I think we’re losing down the straights, which is expected. In terms of where we want to have a better car to drive, we’re lacking grip on corner entry, pretty much all four wheels, the car is sliding quite a lot.
“It’s a handful, it’s very difficult to get everything right to get the lap together. But we’re trying to make it a bit better for tomorrow.”
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