Vettel surprised by Red Bull tyre strategy

Vettel surprised by Red Bull tyre strategy

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Sebastian Vettel believes the hypersoft tyres are not a “good race tyre” and is surprised to see Red Bull starting on them for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel, who stuck his Ferrari car on pole position with a stunning performance in qualifying by breaking the lap record with a 1:10.764, will be starting on the ultrasoft compound and said it never crossed their mind to think otherwise.

“No, no. It was a very smooth session for us, Vettel said when asked in the paddock if Ferrari were tempted to match Red Bull’s starting strategy. – We were briefly talking about what we wanted to do, trying to figure everything out.

“For me it was pretty straightforward, and in terms of strategy we did what we wanted to do. I don’t think the hypersoft is a good race tyre. I’m a bit surprised that both of the Red Bulls chose that, but I guess they have their reasons.”

He added: “I got the job done. Yesterday we were a bit in trouble. I wasn’t really happy with the car, we had some problems and I couldn’t get the rhythm.

“Today we switched on. The car was incredible, it just kept getting quicker. “In my final lap I had a small mistake otherwise I think there was a little bit more. But it was fantastic. Thanks to the team for fixing the car yesterday after I hit the wall.”

Verstappen said the he think hypersoft it’s a good tyre for him, and in the long run in practice he felt good on it.

“No big surprises. We thought that Ferrari and Mercedes were going to qualify on the ultras. We extracted the best we could have from qualifying,” he said.

Verstappen added it was not a surprise to see Mercedes and Ferrari’s advantage over Red Bull in Q3 when engines are run at full power. BMaxut he was pleased to only have one car from each of those teams ahead of him.