Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal and CEO Fred Vasseur says that the team’s performance in qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix on Saturday shows that the Italian team is doing a good job.
Charles Leclerc took his second pole position in succession in Mexico following his performance in the United States last week. Unfortunately for Leclerc he was disqualified from the race for technical infringement due to the floor of his car.
Carlos Sainz in the second Ferrari starts the race alongside Leclerc on the front row and Vasseur says that while it was a great result for the team he is mindful of the fact that it is a very long run down to turn 1.
Speaking following the action on Sunday, Vasseur said:
After FP3 I was convinced we could do well, but maybe not this well! Performance this afternoon was mainly driven by the tyres because there was the risk that if you pushed too hard at the start of the lap, you would have killed the tyres at the front or the rear towards the end of the lap. We managed things very well during Q1 and Q2 and we had the advantage of having two new sets of Softs for Q3 for both Charles and Carlos and the first flying laps proved to be the best. Of course we will enjoy today’s result but we must not get carried away and we are already focused on how we can convert this performance to the best possible result tomorrow as we saw the field is very tight. It’s a very long run to turn 1 and the slipstream here is an important factor, but we still prefer to start from the front row. Having both drivers there separated by six hundredths shows the team is doing a good job.