Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel is not expecting any advantages to be handed down to him by the Maranello team for the 2019 Australian Grand Prix, which will take place this weekend in Melbourne, despite the fact that team principal Mattia Binotto said he will be prioritised over Charles Leclerc in the early weeks of the 2019 Formula One season.
Despite producing an impressive car in 2018, Scuderia Ferrari’s title bid fell apart in a mid-season period that saw Lewis Hamilton take the reins of Mercedes, aided by Valtteri Bottas’ failing challenge allowing the Silver Arrows to fully focus on the Brit. Mattia Binotto suggested that the Italian side could now do similar as they look to end a drought in both championships that now stretches back more than a decade.
However, with Charles Leclerc tipped to be a title contender himself in 2019, Sebastian Vettel knows he will have to overcome his team-mate like any other rival: “I think it’s very clear, and I think Mattia also made it very clear, we are free to race, free to race each other,” he said – “I think Charles will do his best to help himself and help the team and that’s the same for me. I will do my best to help myself and to help the team. So, in the end we’re racing for Ferrari and that means we try to get Ferrari back to where we’ve been trying to get it back to for the last couple of years. That’s the main priority and the rest, it’s a long, long season and I think it’s a bit pointless at this point to start pointing out certain scenarios.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel concluded, ahead of the 2019 Australian Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit.