Sebastian Vettel can’t predict how the season will pan out for Scuderia Ferrari ahead of the 2016 Australian Grand Prix this weekend.
The German believes their main competitors are still very strong going into the new season. For the Maranello outfit their target as always is to win Grand Prix. For 2016, new regulations have come into force by the FIA regarding communication between drivers and their engineers. This is something that Vettel believes will add more work onto drivers during a race weekend.
“I don’t have my crystal ball with me so I can’t predict how the season will be,” said Vettel. “What I can say is that our main competitors are still very strong going in, but we do believe we’ve got quite a bit closer, especially in race conditions.
“How close, though, is difficult to say. Our target is always to win and to do so we’ve got to make a step forward. There are so many new and unpredictable things this year, the qualifying format for instance. I hope in the end the quickest can still get on top, as is the nature of this sport. And hopefully we’ll have as many cars on track in the end for the fans to watch as we used to have in the past…
“Also, there will be much more to do for us drivers this year with the driver-radio limitations. It’s wrong to think that until last year we were ‘controlled’ by the engineers, but these cars are so much more complicate than they were in the eighties, when there were no radio communications or they were very poor. So if you took the radio out and gave us manual gearboxes, I still believe we’d be less busy than we are now!”