Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel says he had a “really close” fight with main title rival Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix, which took place this afternoon at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, one that shows that the Maranello team has made strides forward. Scuderia Ferrari had a much better performance than the one showed at the Silverstone track, which was the last time Formula One raced at a high-speed circuit.
This weekend in Belgium, though, they took the fight to Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel was second in qualifying and second a day later in the grand prix, finishing 2.4s behind the British racer: “It was good fun and it was really intense. Every lap I was waiting for Lewis to do a mistake – he didn’t. He was probably waiting for me to do a mistake – I didn’t. It was really close. Restart, that time maybe I wasn’t entirely happy.” – Sebastian Vettel explained, as reported by the Italian media at the end of the race on Sunday.
“I was fearing that I wasn’t close enough but I was too close so at the top of the hill I had to go out and then it was a drag race. But it was good fun. I think we had really good pace if you compare this track to Silverstone we did better here. We have done good steps forward and I’m looking forward to next week, obviously our home race, so yeah it has been a good day overall.” – the four-time Formula One world champions concluded.
Sebastian Vettel’s runner-up result means his advantage in the Drivers’ standings has been slashed to seven points with eight grands prix remaining this season. The next round takes place in just one weeks’ time, when the Italian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.