Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel found himself eight points clear of title rival Lewis Hamilton after his victory at the British Grand Prix but the four-time Formula 1 world champion headed into the mid-season break trailing the Mercedes driver by 24 points on the back of disappointing performances in Germany and Hungary.
The Maranello team has been the most consistent side this season and were it not for Sebastian Vettel’s crash when leading in Germany, the four-time world champion could have a healthy lead in the title race. Despite the 32-point swing, Seb believes there is every opportunity to turn things around and is hopeful of a return to form when the season resumes later this month.
“We had sometimes the pendulum swinging our way, sometimes not. From my point of view I think it’s been fairly consistent. The one error that was very costly [in Germany] – that was quite small, because I wasn’t even trying but went off. That’s part of the game. I can’t rewind the clock. It has happened. It obviously hurt us, but I’m quite confident that if we have the car to fight with, we can put them under pressure and make things happen in the second half.” – Sebastian Vettel said, as reported by Formula 1’s official website.
Having seen their title challenge falter after the summer break last year, Sebastian is confident the team are better placed to threaten Mercedes’ dominance: “Last year, we lost the championship I think because our car wasn’t quick enough to be a match in the final part of the season, despite what happened with the DNFs. So I hope that this year, and I think this year has shown so far that our car is more efficient, our car is stronger and still has a lot of potential to unleash. I’m quite confident with what’s sitting in the pipeline that we can improve. So we’ll see. It should be an exciting second part of the year.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel concluded.
Formula 1 returns from the mid-summer break with the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, 26 August.