Despite frequently finding themselves behind both Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel maintains the team is not an ‘underdog’ in Formula 1.
When asked by Racer if he had enjoyed being the ‘underdog’ this year in comparison to years’ prior when he was the dominant driver in the series, Vettel said he didn’t fill that role and that Ferrari has shown its strengths throughout the season.
“I don’t consider myself the underdog,” he said. “I know we’re not the favorites, but I think we have shown since the beginning of the season we’re not somewhere in the midfield.”
“If we get our act together, then we have a reasonable chance of finishing on the podium and winning races, and that is what we have achieved so far.”
Ferrari said it hoped to win “at least two races” in 2015 prior to the season’s start after winning none in 2014, and with two races left in the season, the team has surpassed that goal by winning three. Vettel is hoping to further close the gap to Mercedes in 2016 and rid him and Ferrari of the ‘underdog’ tag.
“Overall, this season is very different to last year [when he was with Red Bull],” Vettel said. “Obviously, it’s a completely new situation for me with a new team. Joining Ferrari has been a great experience so far, but we also know where we want to be in the future. So there is a lot of work still ahead of us, and certainly we will be a lot happier if people don’t call us the underdog, but favorite in the future.”