Sebastian Vettel claims that Scuderia Ferrari have no tracks left to fear ahead of the final six rounds of the 2018 Formula 1 Season.
Vettel is forty points behind championship rival Lewis Hamilton, after the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport driver claimed an unlikely victory at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Ferrari were favourites to win at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, having topped all the sessions, but lost out after Hamilton went fastest in Qualifying 3 and eventually winning the race.
The Italian team took a gamble on pitting Vettel on the Ultrasoft tyres at the beginning of the race to jump Hamilton, but failed to execute as Max Verstappen jumped Vettel to finish in second.
Time is running out for Vettel and Ferrari as they have six races left to rescue their title ambitions, despite having the best car throughout the season.
The German lost points due to multiple incidents and mistakes that have cost him heavily in the title race to Hamilton.
But Vettel told MotorsportWeek that he didn’t expect his rival to claim victory around the streets of Singapore, but states that they’ll take only losing 10 points to the championship lead.
“Lewis said he didn’t expect to come here gaining 10 points, we probably didn’t come here expecting to lose 10 points,” said Vettel.
“But, having had the race that we had, I think there’s a full justification for losing those 10 points and we take it. Obviously, there is still a long way to go and a lot of points to score.
“I never believed that we had the fastest car by a big margin, as people said. I know that we have a very good car. I think we started the season well and then we were about half a second behind in qualifying and it was crucial to get back, which we managed to – and then we had a bit of a rough time.
“But overall I think the speed is there but I think it’s a match in qualifying as much as in the race. Russia, I think, has been getting better the last years for us, so it should suit our car as well.”
Last year’s Russian Grand Prix saw Ferrari claim a front row lockout with Vettel starting on pole, but lost out when Valtteri Bottas claimed his first ever F1 win.
The last six rounds of the 2017 championship saw Ferrari’s title hopes collapse after mechanical failures in Malaysia and Japan compromised them, which helped Hamilton to claim the championship in Mexico with two rounds to spare.
Vettel however, remains optimistic that Ferrari can turn their fortunes around, claiming they have no tracks to fair going into the final six races.
“I don’t think we have any tracks to fear that are coming.” Vettel continued.
“I think our car is working pretty much everywhere and that’s a strength of our car, so no need to be afraid of what’s coming.”