F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel Has the Best Car on the Grid
I’m quite confident that if we have the car to fight with, we can make things happen in the 2nd half
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) lead driver, Sebastian Vettel has had the best car on the grid this year and he might have entered the Summer break with a comfortable lead in the drivers’ championship. But, he trails F1 title rival Lewis Hamilton by 24 points.
Howeve, Mr. Vettel is confident that The Scuderia has the tools to turn things around when racing resumes at the end of this month.
The momentum has swung between Messrs Vettel and Hamilton all season long. But on the approach to the Summer break, it was Mr. Vettel who looked to have the advantage. He led Lewis Hamilton by 8 points after triumphing in the MercedesAMG driver’s home track: Silverstone.
Then the wheels came off his challenge
He crashed out of the lead in Germany on a fluke with 15 laps to run, Mr. Hamilton took a surprise win. He then made it back-to-back victories by triumphing in Hungary on a track where Ferrari was the favorite.
All of a sudden, the 32-point swing left Mr. Vettel trailing Mr. Hamilton by almost a race win’s worth of points as F1 broke for the Summer.
Seb Vettel is not downbeat.
“We had sometimes the pendulum swinging our way, sometimes not,” he said. “From my point of view I think it’s been fairly consistent. The one error that was very costly in Germany – that was quite small, because I was not even trying but went off.
“That’s part of the game. I cannot rewind the clock. It has happened. It obviously hurt us, but I’m quite confident that if we have the car to fight with, we can put them under pressure and make things happen in the 2nd half.”
As our tech duo Mark Hughes and Giorgio Piola outlined last week, Ferrari and Mercedes have been developing their cars at an extraordinary rate, which has seen one, then the other, jump ahead in the competitive order.
.“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,” he said.
“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 2nd part of the year.”
Mr. Vettel will have a chance to close the gap on Mr. Hamilton when F1 returns to action at the Belgian Grand Prix on 24-25 August.
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