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Ferrari Chief reveals what went wrong during qualifying for Canada

Reacting to the surprise qualifying round of the Canadian Grand Prix, Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur discussed the major challenges facing his team. Despite glimpses of competitive pace in mixed conditions, Ferrari struggled to optimize tire performance, culminating in their disappointing qualifying finishes of 11th and 12th. Vasseur’s frustration was palpable as he acknowledged the fierce competition, culminating in the unexpected Q2 exits for his drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.

In a daunting weekend for Scuderia Ferrari, the iconic Formula 1 team faced unexpected challenges during the qualifying rounds for the Canadian Grand Prix, leaving team principal Frederic Vasseur to figure out what went wrong. Ferrari’s struggles were unexpected given their previously promising pace, and Vasseur’s candid insights reveal the tactical missteps that occurred.

During an interview with Sky Sports F1, Vasseur highlighted the varying track conditions during the qualifying weekend.

“The pace was okay yesterday in both conditions, wet and dry.” However, subsequent sessions did not reflect this preliminary success. “But as of this morning we had a little more difficulty changing the tires for Turn One because we lose more than 50 percent of the gap in Turn One.” This significant loss right at the start of the lap indicates that the car’s tire performance has not been optimized at crucial moments.

Despite this setback, the tight nature of the competition was underlined by the marginally small intervals that defined the placings.

“It’s tight. In the end Perez is 16th and you can be out for one or two tenths,” Vasseur explained. “Carlos was three tenths faster than Charles in the last corner (before he made a mistake). It is what it is , but we have to be happy that the battle is so fierce.”

Ultimately, Ferrari’s results (eleventh and twelfth place ahead of Sainz and Leclerc respectively) were far from satisfactory. Vasseur summarized the mood succinctly: “When you are eleventh and twelfth, you are certainly not happy.”

The qualifying session itself was full of challenges and surprises for all teams. Sergio Perez’s unexpected 16th place in particular highlighted how a few tenths of a second can cause major problems. Likewise, the second quarter saw rain, which added an extra layer of unpredictability, affecting the outcomes, including the early retirement of both Ferraris.

The result is a lesson in resilience and adaptation. For Ferrari, reflecting on these qualifying results provides critical insights as it prepares for future races. For Vasseur and his team, understanding how to engage the tires effectively, especially under varied track conditions, will be crucial to converting their car’s latent pace into actual competitive performance during the races.

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