More misery in store for Ferrari?

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2020 Formula 1 season

Round 3: Hungarian Grand Prix

19 July 2020, 15:10 CAT
Hungaroring, Mogyorod, Hungary

Ferrari will hope that a change of venue brings them better fortune when the 2020 Formula 1 season continues with Round 3, the Hungarian Grand Prix, at the Hungaroring on Sunday 19 July.

The ‘Scuderia’ have endured difficult back-to-back weekends at the Red Bull Ring. While Charles Leclerc put in a strong drive at the Austrian Grand Prix to come home in second place, Sebastian Vettel’s struggles (he managed only a 10th-place finish) hinted at a worrying lack of performance.

Charles Leclrec
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Ferrari brought new parts for the Styrian Grand Prix and were hoping to see an improvement in their pace, but that disappeared just a couple of corners into this past Sunday’s race when Leclerc collided with Vettel and put both cars into retirement.

The Italian team now lies a lowly fifth on the constructors’ championship with just 19 points – already 61 adrift of leaders Mercedes and with seemingly little hope of closing the gap in a shortened season.

“A big pity and something we should avoid, but not much I could have done differently,” said Vettel. “I was taking it easy and conservative because it was already very busy and tight. I don’t think there was space, that’s why I think we collided.

“The car felt a lot better. It’s a shame for the update it would’ve been nice to get a race distance in.”

Leclerc, meanwhile, took responsibility for the collision: “I am disappointed in myself. I’m sorry but being sorry is not enough,” said the Monegasque.

“Seb hasn’t got any faults today. I’ve let the team down after them working a whole week to bring the updates early. Too eager to gain those places in the first lap. I will learn from it.”

Ferrari managed a 3-4 finish at last season’s Hungarian Grand Prix, though lead driver Vettel finished more than a minute behind race winner Lewis Hamilton. Given the ‘Scuderia’s’ problems so far this term, they would happily accept a similar result this coming weekend.

Hungaroring – Track info

Opened: 1986
Length: 4.381 km
Turns: 14
Lap record: 1:17.103 – Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 2019

Hungarian Grand Prix – Info

Number of times held: 35
First held: 1936
Race length: 70 laps
Race distance: 306.630km

Hungarian Grand Prix – 2019 results

Pole position: Max Verstappen, Red Bull
Race result: 1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes; 2. Max Verstappen, Red Bull; 3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Fastest lap: Max Verstappen, Red Bull

Hungarian Grand Prix – Most wins

7 – Lewis Hamilton
4 – Michael Schumacher
3 – Ayrton Senna
11 – McLaren
7 – Williams & Ferrari
4 – Mercedes 

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Published: 07/16/2020