Ferrari F1 chief Maurizio Arrivabene has admitted that it was the wrong call to put Sebastian Vettel on a two-stop strategy in Montreal.
While Hamilton sticked to a one-stop strategy, Vettel pitted twice around Montreal - with the first one of his stops timed around a brief VSC that disappeared soon after he entered the pits.
Since Vettel had breezed past into the lead of the race with a rocketing start from third on the grid, many questioned Ferrari’s strategy which involved losing track position to Hamilton.
Asked to give his verdict, Arrivabene said: “We overestimated the degradation of the tyres. This is the reason why we called him in. it was the wrong decision. We don’t have to make the story bigger than it. Today we made a mistake.”
“We tried to take advantage of the Virtual Safety car period, which lasted way less than expected. It could have proved a very good move, taking into account the predicted rate of degradation on the Ultrasoft tires: but this degradation did not materialize in the end.’’ he added.
Vettel, meanwhile, didn’t apportion the blame to the Ferrari crew, saying a two-stop strategy seemed to be the right one during the early part of the race.
“There’s no reason to give the team any criticism for the strategy: when I pitted for the first time we thought it would be quicker, so I was happy to come in. We expected obviously the tires to last a little bit less, but they didn’t.”
The German said Ferrari has made progress at the Canadian Grand Prix, with a new turbo having visibly closed the gap to pacesetters
“I know that this car is a step forward, we know also that there’s still potential, and we’re not yet where we want to be. I also think we put ourselves under enormous pressure because we want to win.”
“As a team, we came here and did our best, this weekend we were very close and hopefully next week we’ll be there.”
by Rachit Thukral