Sebastian Vettel is certain that Ferrari can bounce back from their recent setbacks to put Mercedes under pressure and “make things happen” heading into the second part of the 2018 season
Just three races ago at the British Grand Prix, Vettel took home all 25 points to extend his lead over Lewis Hamilton to eight points in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
However, in the space of just two races, Vettel surrendered his advantage over Hamilton after crashing out from the lead at his home Grand Prix in Hockenheim and later finishing behind his title rival with a second-place finish in Hungary to enter the summer break trailing by 24 points.
Despite the 32-point swing though, Vettel is adamant that there will be opportunities further down the line to turn things around.
“We had sometimes the pendulum swinging our way, sometimes not,” said the 31-year-old on the official Formula One website.
“From my point of view I think it’s been fairly consistent. The one error that was very costly [in Germany] – that was quite small, because I wasn’t even trying but went off.
“That’s part of the game. I can’t rewind the clock. It has happened. It obviously hurt us, but I’m quite confident that if we have the car to fight with, we can put them under pressure and make things happen in the second half.”
At this stage last season, the four-time World Champion went into the break with a 14-point lead over Hamilton after leading home teammate Kimi Raikkonen for a Ferrari 1-2 at the Hungaroring.
However, Vettel’s bid to become Ferrari’s first World Champion in 10 years quickly derailed with Mercedes gaining the advantage in outright pace over their rivals.
And Vettel infamously made matters worse for himself by colliding with Raikkonen at the start of the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix before a spark plug failure at Japan all but ended the German’s title aspirations.
“Last year, we lost the championship I think because our car wasn’t quick enough to be a match in the final part of the season, despite what happened with the DNFs,” he said.
“So I hope that this year, and I think this year has shown so far that our car is more efficient, our car is stronger and still has a lot of potential to unleash. I’m quite confident with what’s sitting in the pipeline that we can improve. So we’ll see. It should be an exciting second part of the year.”
F1 will return from the mid-summer break for the Belgian Grand Prix on August 24-26.