Sebastian Vettel was one of the drivers who took part in Thursday’s press conference at the Shanghai circuit, ahead of the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix, as the four-time Formula One Champion will try to achieve another good result for Scuderia Ferrari, after the impressive win the first race of the season, the Australian GP:
“I think for the entire team that was a great weekend, including myself. I think with the new generation of cars, for race of the season, a lot of work went into the project and it was the best way to kick off the season. The day was very special. For everyone back in Italy, Maranello, it was great to get a little bit of a reward after a long winter, a lot of hard work went into the new car. People are generally very happy and motivated to push even harder and it was the best way to start off. But at the same time it is the first race so it doesn’t mean much.” – Sebastian Vettel said, ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix scheduled to take place at the Shanghai International Circuit.
The Scuderia Ferrari driver was asked to comment on what the good start of the season meant after last year’s disappointing campaign: “It wasn’t that bad last year, wasn’t the best year but we had a decent amount of podiums. Maybe my memory is wrong but I remember it better than people make of it now. Sure it wasn’t the season we wanted to have. After one race it is easy to say this year is better than last but it is just one race. For sure a lot of things have changed, the team has evolved. I think we are generally in a much better position, people are more comfortable throughout the whole team. The work that is going in is a lot more targeted, we are more confident with the way we work now. Hopefully now we can keep up that trend.” – Sebastian added.
The Germain driver does not want to make any predictions regarding Ferrari’s chances to score another victory in the start of the 2017 Formula 1 championship, as there are many factors which can determine the outcome of the Chinese Grand Prix: “It is completely different [to Australia], the weather will be different. It has always been a grand prix full of surprises. I remember back in 2007 when I started 17th or 18th in a Toro Rosso and finished fourth so you never know what can happen around here, because it is a demanding track for the car, the tyres in particular, and also for the drivers in the changing weather conditions. So it is impossible to predict.” – Sebastian Vettel concluded.