Vettel ‘Last Step’ to championship hardest

After a mixed 2017 season, despite finishing second to eventual Championship winner Lewis Hamilton, Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel believes that the team is capable of carrying its momentum from 2017 into the 2018 Formula 1 season and end MercedesAMG’s four-year winning streak, but the former World Champion admits the “hardest” step is still ahead.

“Obviously the regulations stay roughly the same” heading into the 2018 season, Vettel says. “I think we have a good and healthy platform to build on at the beginning of the year so I hope we can continue. What we have to do is take that final step. If you look back, it’s always that final step that’s the hardest.

“There’s a lot of work going on already and for the last couple of months focusing on next year, trying to make the car faster, with more power into the power unit, and then we’ll see where we are.”

Having gone from a disastrous win-less season in 2016, Scuderia Ferrari claimed the top step on the podium five times in 2017, and for several months, Sebastian Vettel was positioned to give Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton a real fight for the title, many believing Ferrari had finally turned a corner, however poor reliability and driver error cost the team massively. Vettel’s team mate, Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen didn’t manage any grand prix wins in 2017, but he did however finish on the podium seven times throughout the season, but he will have to step it up in 2018, as Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne admits it is make or break for the popular Finn.


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