Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel says that he is “not worrying” about finishing a distant and isolated third at the 2017 Italian Grand Prix. The four-time Formula One world champion lost the championship lead by completing the podium at Scuderia Ferrari’s home race, behind the dominant Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Sebastian Vettel started the race at Monza in sixth place after the qualifying session on Saturday, but moved into fifth position in the early stages, before passing Lance Stroll and Esteban Ocon to move into third. From there, it was a lonely race as Scuderia Ferrari did not have the pace to match or close in on Mercedes, but despite the outcome, Sebastian is not worried for the future and believes the Maranello team will fight back in next races of the 2017 Formula One championship:
“It was entertaining, it was quite good fun. Obviously, my start was not so good, I had a lot of wheelspin. It took a while before I could really trust the car, then I made progress. We were a bit isolated though, we didn’t have the pace of the leading two drivers today. Nevertheless, going around seeing the people [Ferrari fans] gives a lot of hope. I am still pretty overwhelmed from the lap back to the pits and the podium ceremony. I think it has been amazing, the power of the people, to see so many fans, for Ferrari it is unbelievable.” – Sebastian Vettel said, as reported by the Italian media at the end of the race.
“You could say it’s a bad day, but I know that the team is going the right way. There’s a lot of stuff that’s going to improve. Even if this race has been difficult, I know that we have a very, very, very strong car, and will have a very, very strong end of the season, I’m sure of that. We are only going to get stronger. I’m not worrying… overall it was a difficult weekend, but we have a long way to go, and we have the people behind us.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver concluded after the 2017 Italian Grand Prix.