Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur says they need to improve the consistency of their performance across different tyre compounds after the Mexican Grand Prix.Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton by the end of the race. However Vasseur was encouraged by the pace of Charles Leclerc’s opening stint on the medium tyre compound despite the damage his car suffered when he tangled with Sergio Perez.
“My feeling on the pit wall is that the first stint was okay but we were three or four tenths slower than Max with the damage on the car,” he said. “It was, I think, almost a good stint.”
Ferrari extended Leclerc’s first stint until lap 31, much longer than several of his rivals, but found he lacked pace after switching him to the harder rubber. “With the hard we were never able to restart the tyres,” said Vasseur. “We were always on the shy side and it didn’t work at all.”
Vasseur said he was not frustrated by their race but that it had highlighted clear areas for improvement.
“I don’t want to say that it’s a bad race. We had a bad stint at the end, which is clear, and it’s the main issue today. But the first part of the race went very well.
“I think that we are doing a step forward. Now we did four pole positions out of the last six races, it’s a step forward for us and we have to be probably a bit more consistent on the race or at least to have no delta between the stints because it’s very often where we are losing the positions.”
He said he wasn’t interested in considering whether the timing of the mid-race red flag disadvantaged his drivers, and stressed the team need to ensure it is competitive across a range of tyre compounds.
“I don’t want to race with ‘if, if, if’ [or] what happened if we pitted two laps after, it was with the red flag and we’d have started from pole position and so on and so on. Races are like this, you have tons of events.
“The feeling is that we were able to match, almost, Max, and to be probably a bit faster than Lewis on the first part of the race, and we lost the path of the event on the second stint. And I see the only difference is the compound.”
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