Sebastian Vettel believes that the hard work of the Ferrari in the last few years has started to bear results, and winning the Grand Prix of Australia last weekend is proof of that.
Four-time world champion joined the Scuderia in 2015, replacing Fernando Alonso. Debut season behind the wheel of a red car turned out to be successful for Vettel – he won three races and in the championship lost only two racers Mercedes. However, in 2016, Ferrari has failed to build on the progress made, and in the final part of the season, she missed even the second place in the constructors ‘ championship, which went to Red Bull Racing.
“In the end, two or three years ago, when I joined the team, it was clear that much remains to be done and spend a number of personnel changes. The team was not in the best shape, – quotes Vettel GPUpdate.net. In our first joint season in 2015, team spirit was on top. And last year was pretty good – certainly not from the point of view of results on the track, namely in terms of the growth of the team.
It is always great to go through such a difficult period. Yes, of course it’s frustrating, especially when you consider how evolved our business from race to race. But it is also important what is happening behind the scenes.
We continued to believe and, as I’ve said in the past six months, remained calm. We did our work, which is now beginning to bear fruit. At the Grand Prix of Australia we have risen to the top, but it’s not such a great achievement.”
Since 2013, Vettel led the championship, but understands that the rivalry with the pilots Mercedes will be challenging, given that the “Silver arrows” won the race 51 for the three previous seasons.
“Mercedes phenomenally spent the last few years, and its riders were very cool. I think Valtteri [Bottas] have already adapted and amazing job – continued Vettel. From the side they have not seen the vulnerabilities, so it is a team to be reckoned with”.
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