Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel believes that the team is capable of carrying its momentum from last year into the 2018 F1 season and ending Mercedes’ four-year winning streak, but that 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.”
Scuderia Ferrari went from a win-less season in 2016 to claiming the high spot 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 driver’s title, which would have been his first championship win since 2013. Fellow Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen didn’t manage any grand prix wins in 2017, but he landed on the podium seven times throughout the season.