Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel believes that Mercedes currently has “an edge” in the Formula One title battle, but at the same time the four-time Formula One world champion is adamant that Scuderia Ferrari is “strong”, despite its lack of pace at the 2017 Italian Grand Prix, which can be considered the most difficult race this season for the Maranello team, given the final gaps between Mercedes and Ferrari.
Sebastian Vettel managed to win three of the first six races of the 2017 Formula 1 champions and as a result opened a 25-point lead over his main title rival Lewis Hamilton, but has won just once since that moment, during which period the Briton has triumphed four times, most recently at Monza, in front of Ferrari’s thousands of fans. In leading a Mercedes one-two on the Maranello team’s home soil, Lewis Hamilton claimed the title advantage for the first time in 2017, and now heads Sebastian Vettel by three points in the Formula 1 Driver Standings ahead of the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix.
When it was suggested that, Singapore aside, upcoming events could once again favour Mercedes’ package, Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver said: “I know how to read but I don’t really care what’s written on the paper. They are all tracks that I like, to be honest, so I’m very much looking forward to them. I think we are here to race, so if it is hard it’s good. Easy is boring. I think that’s what we all want and I am definitely looking forward to it. At the moment you can say that Mercedes has an edge. On Saturdays they are very strong, which obviously has contribution to Sundays, it’s not a big secret.” – Sebastian Vettel explained, as reported by the Italian media.
“But I think we are strong, we don’t need to hide and there’s plenty of positives. Things are coming, I’m sure they are developing their car. We are developing ours so I’m not so fussed about what they doing. I’m more focused on what’s going on inside us, inside Ferrari and it makes me quite positive, what’s coming. We just need to see and then there’s always the extra element of racing that you can’t predict, that you can’t put down on paper and that’s usually the most exciting bit.” – the German driver concluded.
In the Formula 1 2017 Constructor Standings, Scuderia Ferrari currently trails Mercedes by 62 points ahead of the next round.