Four time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel believes the Scuderia are on their way up again, and that a chance of a victory is always there.
Go back 18 months to the last time we visited Sepang, Ferrari scored a memorable victory. On that occasion a Seb headed home in front of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, as Ferrari found the sweet spot with the tyres in the hot tropical conditions.
The result provided Vettel his first Ferrari win coming in his second start for the team, and it also gave him the record for the most Malaysian GP victories. A tally that Seb is hoping to add to this year.
“The last races seems to show that we are on a way up again so in theory the mood is positive, the car is working fine.” Vettel said.
“We have some new bits, hopefully they help us to be even more competitive and then we’ll see. You need to set into the groove.
“I think there’s always a chance to win, a lot of things can happen on Sunday afternoon and that’s why we’re here, that’s what I feel like when I’m standing on the grid, there’s always a chance to win.
“We have six races left so our target is to do well and try to win in all of them, which is very ambitious, but we’ll go race by race and see what we can do.”
Ferrari’s Achilles heal for the last few seasons has been their qualifying pace, with Mercedes often locking out the front row. Last years victory in Sepang however was aided by a front row start.
Ferrari will also be hoping to extract the maximum again from the Pirelli rubber, on the unknown of the re-surfaced circuit.