Ferrari’s Strong Qualy Pace Shocking To Wolff

Ferrari produced a strong performance in the qualifying in China and Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff admits it came as a surprise. It was a P1-P2 finish for Scuderia, as Vettel and Raikkonen locked out the front row for the second consecutive race weekend. Bottas failed to match the Ferrari team, while Hamilton did not race […]

Ferrari produced a strong performance in the qualifying in China and Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff admits it came as a surprise.

It was a P1-P2 finish for Scuderia, as Vettel and Raikkonen locked out the front row for the second consecutive race weekend.

Bottas failed to match the Ferrari team, while Hamilton did not race in Q3, as they finished P3 and P4 respectively.

“No [we didn’t expect Ferrari to be so strong],” Wolff told Sky Sports.

 

They’ve been really strong all day. Their qualifying performance they put one on top and we really have something to think about.

 

“It’s tricky. We are lacking grip. You can fall out of the window by the tyres getting too hot or being too cold. It’s two extremes like we had in Bahrain. I think it’s a tyre issue.

 

“Tomorrow it’s expected to be a lot warmer so I hope we have done the right thing set-up-wise and we have better pace in the race than Ferrari.

 

“There is not a lot of strategic plays either. If we have pace then we can undercut or overcut.”

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