After a controversial weekend at the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is looking forwards to the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, a place that has always felt ‘special’ to the driver.
The Autódromo José Carlos Pace circuit ‘has always been a special place for me’, commented Vettel, who won his third World Championship there in 2012, beating Fernando Alonso. He also mentioned that the circuit provides, ‘good racing: be it for the atmosphere, the weather conditions, we always had some crazy races here. And I’m sure on Sunday there will be a good race also, we are not in the fight for the championship but we’ll try to fight for a win.’
Vettel acknowledged the issues that Scuderia Ferrari have faced throughout the 2016 season, be that through poor reliability, bad strategy calls, or a certain young Red Bull Racing driver, mentioning that ‘we had a tough year, but if you take the last races I think it’s actually a good example. We started seventh because we didn’t performed well on Saturday, but we’re here to fight and I think that is what the people should see.’
He complimented his team surrounding him, commenting that, ‘this team is really made of fighters. Racing means the world to me, it means the world for Ferrari, it’s in our DNA. We really cared, we really wanted that podium.’
This year the performance hasn’t been as good as we expected but we are here to fight. In the last two races we want to finish showing how we give everything we have. The people in the factory are focused on the next year, the target obviously is come out with a lot of good ideas and to be competitive.’
Even with 2016 becoming a year to forget for the Maranello-based team, Vettel is looking forwards to his future at Ferrari, despite rumours of his discontent there.
‘As a team we’re still growing, there has been a big shift to the better in the last two years, so in that regard I think it’s also fair to give us a bit of time.’