Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari has made great strides since he joined the team five years ago and has proved it can build the quickest car.
“The team has done a huge leap forward since I joined in 2015 on many, many grounds,” said Vettel. “Obviously the regulations have changed and so on. But I think we’ve proven that we’re able to build the fastest car.”
The four-times world champion with Red Bull has finished second in the championship with Ferrari twice, in 2017 and 2018, but fell to fifth last year.
“If you take 2017, right from the beginning, we probably had the most innovative car. So that speaks for the quality we have in our own roles for the engineering power. In 2018, a large amount of the season we were looking very good.
“Last year, I think we’ve had our strength. Obviously, we didn’t have the strongest package, but we had a package that was strongest in certain circuits and certain areas. So I think the ability to deliver the best is there.”
[smr2020test]Vettel says Ferrari needs to raise its game in many areas to take Mercedes on.
“Obviously what’s missing is to bring everything together and have the best package. Now, it also depends what the others are doing. It’s not like we are massively behind in one or the other area. But it’s small details in the end that can make a difference.
“The competition level is very high. I think Merc is setting a very, very high standard as a team. So it’s up to us to meet these standards. And I think from what I see inside, moving around and so on, the attention, the will, determination, but also the will as an organisation to keep improving, I think is there.
“So it is, I think, about small things, putting them together. It’s not easy. But certainly we’re trying very hard and we do have the ingredients, I believe.”
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