Ferrari taking nothing for granted despite strong practice pace

Sebastian Vettel in action at the Belgian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have stressed that Ferrari is taking nothing for granted in spite of its strong pace during practice for Formula 1’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Vettel headed a 1-2 in FP1 before Leclerc turned the tables in FP2, finishing six-tenths clear of his four-time World Champion team-mate.

Ferrari has often displayed strong pace during practice in 2019 – it has now topped 17 sessions – but it has yet to win a grand prix this year.

“It’s Friday, I think we have seen this on a couple of Fridays already,” said Vettel.

“The most important thing is that we pick the right Ferrari shoes for Sunday.

“Probably Saturday morning will look good for us and then we will see what happens on Saturday afternoon. I’m not taking anything for granted.

Leclerc also downplayed his headline-grabbing time from the second session.

“No, definitely not,” he said when asked whether he believed he was really six-tenths ahead of Vettel.

“[The] qualifying pace was very strong, race-pace a little bit less so we have to improve that for Sunday, but we look OK.

“In the second sector [Mercedes] are very, very strong and tomorrow they will turn up the engine and they won’t be that bad in the first and final sectors.”