Outgoing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has said he is expecting the Maranello-based team to struggle at this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix, which will see Formula One return to the Nurburgring after a seven-year hiatus.
“I expect that, as usual this season, we will be fighting in the midfield where every hundredth of a second can make a difference. We will have to take care of every little detail,” Vettel said.
He added that, with track temperatures forecast to be quite low, “getting the tyres to work will be vitally important.”
Continuing, Vettel said: “We are returning to the Nurburgring which is an unexpected pleasure given that this race was not on the original calendar.
“Obviously, I’m very happy to be able to race in Germany in front of my home crowd.
“I have great memories of the last time we raced here in 2013 and apart from that, it’s an interesting track with a lot of low and medium speed corners, which put a premium on good traction.”
Sebastian Vettel has had a difficult season thus far, with him struggling to get to grips with the Ferrari SF1000 and consistently being outperformed by younger team-mate Charles Leclerc.
He is currently 13th in the F1 Drivers’ Standings, and will be hoping to get a good result at his home race this weekend to score some much-needed points for Ferrari.
The Maranello-based team will trial a few aero upgrades over the course of the weekend, as they look to improve rear downforce and stability.
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