Scuderia Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel says he is confident that he and the Italian team won’t repeat it’s 2017 title collapse as he chases his fifth Formula 1 world championship.
The German goes the summer break 24 points behind title rival Lewis Hamilton, who captured victory in the last two rounds in Hungary and Germany.
Vettel and Hamilton resume their title battle from 2017, where Vettel led the championship going into the summer break last year. But multiple DNFs and errors hindered his and Ferrari’s title hopes during the late stage of the season, including an opening lap crash with Max Verstappen and team-mate Kimi Räikkönen at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Both drivers, who enter the year seeking their fifth world title, have exchanged the points lead throughout the year. Ferrari and Vettel started the year strongly and looked to enter the summer break with the lead but a race ending mistake from the German whilst leading at his home race swung back into Hamilton’s favour.
With Hamilton leading the way in the break, Vettel told MotorsportWeek that he is confident that Ferrari have learned it’s lesson from last year and will aim not to repeat it for this year’s title battle
“As we’ve seen this year the pendulum seems to swing once this side, once that side, obviously you know, if it’s like this, consistency is the key, and scoring points,” said Vettel.
“I didn’t do myself a favour but I think it’s part of racing. Stuff happens.
“Compared to 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.
“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.”