As speculation mounts over Ferrari‘s sudden loss of power being down to the FIA installing a second sensor on the Italian team’s controversial second battery in its energy storage system, Sebastian Vettel has claimed that Mercedes hyped-up Ferrari‘s apparent superiority in previous races.
However, ignoring talk of the apparent increase in power and the subsequent loss, Vettel claims all is not what it appears.
I think it’s always been very close,” says the German. “I think the other side has been very good at communicating that they had an inferior car, but I don’t think that was the case.
“It’s not nice to have a gap like that,” he added, referring to the 0.5s advantage Mercedes enjoyed in qualifying in Russia, “but I think I have been way more realistic about the gaps in general and the performance between the cars.
“I know we have a great car and I’m not doubting that, but I believe their car is very strong too and has been very strong.
“I think it has been a reasonable match and there have been qualifying sessions where we had the upper hand by a tiny bit and they had the upper hand by a little bit, but sometimes also a bit more like in Russia or France or other races. We have a good car and we need to keep improving it.”