Ferrari-land hopes for pole position for sebastian vettel. The four-time formula 1 world champion would like to scare the tifosi in the qualifying for the italian grand prix on saturday by taking first place on the grid.
Vettel was not entirely satisfied with his third place in friday’s practice session at koniglichen park. "We’re not where we can be yet," the 30-year-old said of his car’s balance, stability and braking before the chase through the grunanlage.
Vettel has won three times so far on the high-speed circuit outside milan. But not yet as a ferrari driver. The last scuderia driver to give the fans of the "red goddess" a home victory was fernando alonso in 2010. Last german race winner in the red overall was michael schumacher 2006.
Lewis hamilton could overtake the record world champion for pole position at monza. The englander has secured first place seven times so far this season and currently stands at 68. To make up the seven-point gap in the world championship standings to leader vettel, the best starting position would be a good foundation.
"We got through our program without any problems. The car makes a well-balanced impression here. But we still have work to do to get some performance out of it," hamilton said after second place in friday practice. "It seems to be pretty close between ferrari and us. Therefore, I expect that it will look similar to the last race."
In spa, the 32-year-old could win. But neither vettel nor hamilton has won twice in a row this season. According to the law of the series, it would be the turn of the german ferrari man or a laughing third again.
Actually, monza with its highspeed profile should again benefit mercedes with its strong engine. But ferrari recently proved in belgium that the gap to the silver arrows is now closed even on their paradise tracks. On the occasion of the 70. The scuderia was only too happy to celebrate ferrari’s 50th birthday.