Sebastian Vettel’s start at Ferrari has been rocky. Ferrari is a record holder in all senses: most races driven, most wins etc. Unluckily they could be considered a record holder in inconsistency for the last several years: ups and downs follow each other at a record pace.
The last 2 years haven’t proven as fruitful as Vettel might have wanted, and rumours linking him with Mercedes don’t seem to stop.
In an interview with Die Welt, Vettel said:
“I still dream to become F1 world champion with Ferrari. I still believe I can do it, I still believe in them.”
He knew that it wouldn’t be easy. Fernando Alonso already proved that.
“I didnt move to Ferrari to become world champion immediately. It was clear that success wouldn’t be automatic and that our targets would not be easy to reach.” says the 4 time world champion.
“The situation at Ferrari now is no big surprise to me, but when I look back at the 2016 season, I know that we are on the correct path. The team is now much more developed and more people are committed. That is why I am sure we will achieve the targets that we have set together.”
When asked how 2017 will be different, Vettel said, “That is always the big question, but also the one which is almost impossible to answer.”
“But we have learned many lessons in the past that will make us much stronger as a team in the future. In 2016 we reduced the gap to Mercedes, but we have also seen that the season did not go as smoothly as we wished for at Ferrari.”
“What bothers me is that the results were not well interpreted. The criticism is not fair because Ferrari has made an enormous progress.”
“We just need to remember that we were fighting teams which did not have to make internal changes during the season.”
Schumacher made his switch to Ferrari, bringing part of his championship winning team to Maranello. It took Schumacher years, and with a stable team. Changes at Ferrari HQ seem to be following at rapid pace so the big question is, can they get a world championship in 2017?
Will Vettel succeed doing where Alonso failed? Hard to estimate without having seen the cars and how they perform an the rumors imply that Ferrari will start on the back foot.
Lets’ have some fun. A sweepstake… Will Ferrari be out of the top 3 at the start of the season?