F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) “Has not had a dominant car in 2018”
- Seb Vettel says 2018 could be his hardest F1 season ever
Ferari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of landing this year’s world championship finished at Mexico last weekend when Lewis Hamilton’s 4th placed finish was enough for him to win the title.
Ferrari did enjoy some good times over the campaign where it was quicker than MercedesAMG, but Mr. Vettel is adamant that Ferrari did not garner a big competitive advantage Vs MercdesAMG.
“That is maybe where I maybe have a different opinion to the rest of the people,” said Mr. Vettel in an interview with the motorsports’ press.
“I think it is absolutely true to say that we have a very strong car, but I think people’s perception of the fact that we had a dominant car, I do not think it was true. I think if you look at the results I do not see where is the dominance.
“I mean, in Spa we did not have the Pole. We got the win because of the way Spa is designed, with Eau Rouge being flat and so on.
“Obviously the advantage of the hill, last year we had a lack of horsepower and that is why the overtaking did not work. This year we did not have [that disadvantage], so I was able to keep the benefit from the tow and I was able to pass.
“But then, as a matter of fact, Lewis was always 1, 2, 3 secs behind. He had the same pace. We were driving to the same tenth, and at some point he gave up.
“That is why we won with an 8 secs gap. For me it is not a dominant race. It was a very close fight. If he happens to be 1st on the 1st lap, like last year – I think we had the same pace in the race last year. He wins the race and I finish 2nd.”
Mr. Vettel believes that over the balance of the season there were more occasions where MercedesAMG were clearly ahead.
“I think we had a lot of races that we were very close and we had very good pace in the race, but I don’t think we had a race where we dominated, whereas on the other hand, I think, they had. If you look at Spain, look at France, look at Russia, I do not think we had any races like that.
“Do not get me wrong, because I am not sitting here saying I had a bad car, not at all, because I know I have a strong car. But I do not think, unlike the people’s perception, I do notthink we had a dominant car.”
There has been a lot of focus on the errors that Mr. Vettel and Ferrari made this season, and the reality that the title was gone started becoming clear when MercedesAMG showed a speed advantage in Singapore and Russia.
“Mostly we were not fast enough, you know,” he said. “Because I think at the end of the day you need to have the speed to fight for the championship.
“I think I have always said last year and this year, that one thing that will determine the championship or will decide, will be if you have the speed.
“Last year it was apparent that we were very good until midway of the season, and then maybe some tracks that didn’t suit us, some DNFs that we had, we lost momentum. But we lost momentum also because we were not fast enough.
“I think this year, unfortunately in some ways has been similar, that just some races we didn’t have the pace, compared to Mercedes. They were able to win the races, which was obviously a strong point for them in making sure that they get all the points they can.
“But we were not able to get enough points, so than within 2-3-4 races – I do not need to explain to you, you know yourself – there was quite a big gap. So yeah, that has been a shame.”
There are 2 races to go, I will cover them in this column, tune in.
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