Sebastian Vettel does not expect that much of an improvement from his Scuderia Ferrari outfit this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, despite the four-week gap in the calendar since the German Grand Prix.
The summer break incorporated a factory shutdown, meaning teams up and down the paddock were unable to work on the development of their cars, and although some developments are expected in Belgium, Vettel does not think there will be significant progress until later in the season.
“I think that in the previous races we took a lesson that we definitely learnt,” said Vettel. “We were able to make some small changes for here, but I think we’ll see more later in the season.
“Giving also the fact that there was a break – but in reality we only had one and a half week to react – you can’t expect huge changes.”
Vettel is hoping that the tyre choices made by the team for the race at Spa works in their favour, but is also hoping that they will not be forced into using the supposedly slower Medium compound.
“For the tire allocation this weekend, we hope we don’t have to use the Medium, as it’s usually quite a lot slower,” said Vettel.
“We are pretty confident we chose the right tires and just able to spend more time on the quicker tires.”