Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says the fourth and fifth place in the Australian Grand Prix does not reflect his car's 2019 potential.
Sebastian Vettel qualified in third, but was defeated by Max Verstappen in Melbourne on the podium, while Charles Leclerc concluded Vettel had difficulty defending himself, but was encouraged to hold his position. When Ferrari was classified as a favorite before the opening race, Binotto admits that his own team had predicted that it would be far more competitive than it could show.
said. "I think the winter test was certainly different. Since Friday, the 1st FP, we have never found the right balance and fight with the tires.
"We tried a different setup approach over the weekend but I have to say that we never had the right balance – yesterday unhappy in qualifying and then, of course, after you were at the Parc Ferme, what you have is I think today's performance simply reflects what we had in qualifying yesterday ,
"In general we did not find the right balance over the weekend and we lack grip. Did we understand that already? Probably not. That's something we have to go back to analyze all the data and really judge what happened. "
Although Binotto admits that there was a new venue compared to the pre-season tests on Ferrari's competitiveness, he says the way the team struggled to deal with the SF90 , indicates a bigger problem than the track in Melbourne.
"The conditions here are certainly different than in Barcelona – it's a bit bumpier and also a lot windier, different temperature and weather conditions. So there are external factors that could have affected the performance of your car.
"But we have not found the right window or the right balance for the car. As I said, it is not fully understood yet – something we must try and understand. We are confident today and this weekend is not the true potential of our car. We're pretty sure the potential is certainly greater, and we could not take advantage of it over the weekend.
After catching Vettel, Leclerc asked if he should stay behind his teammate and was told to step back. Binotto, who explained the team, saw no advantage in changing positions.
"When Seb halved the tires and put on the middle tires, he did not start with the new tire that had the expected grip and was attacked by Verstappen we decided to keep his position on the track.
"We decided to bring the car home. He managed the tires to the end, and I think ten laps to the end. We decided not to risk taking positions and bringing the cars home with points. "