Sebastian Vettel issues Ferrari warning as F1 heads into summer break

Vettel stole the final podium place at the Hungarian Grand Prix this afternoon with a late overtake of team-mate Charles Leclerc.

Lewis Hamilton won the race to extend his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship to 62 points.

Max Verstappen led for the majority of the 70 laps but Hamilton’s two-stop strategy proved crucial to securing the victory.

Ferrari were way off the pace of their Mercedes and Red Bull rivals and Vettel wants the Italian team to come up with significant improvements over the next four weeks.

“Happy to get some champagne now and a cool down but, yeah, we couldn’t go the pace of those two which was clear all weekend,” Vettel said.

“Lots of work ahead of us.

“I think it is good now for everyone to get a break; the guys have been working very hard so time to charge batteries and then the battle continues.

“Obviously there will be tracks that will be better for us but overall we need to get stronger.

“Obviously I was sitting on in P4 and we had nothing to lose.

“I went very long in the first stint and then hoped the softs would last until the end which they did.

“I think it was the fastest tyre at the end so we were able to close the gap and I had one opportunity which I took.”

When the season resumes in September the next two races should suit Ferrari’s straight-speed dominance.

The Belgian and Italian Grands Prix are expected to play into the hands of the Prancing Horse.

But Vettel has attempted to play down the expectation on his side.

“I don’t want what other people will do in terms of updates and on the engine side but we’ll see,” Vettel said.

“On paper they look better for us. We know we have margin in the car so it will be a busy break for us.

“I don’t think anyone’s minds can rest in the two weeks so maybe we’ll come up with some good ideas for the second half.”

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