Vettel aims to return Ferrari to domination

In spite of losing out on the championship title this year, Sebastian Vettel says he aims to return Ferrari to a dominant role that team enjoyed during the Michael Schumacher era.

After the summer break, Vettel was without a victory for seven races, which led their main rival Mercedes to lap up both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships. At the Singapore Grand Prix, a start accident sent both the Ferraris to an early retirement along with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

The Italian team suffered engine failures in Malaysia and Japan. This helped Lewis Hamilton win the driver’s championship title at Mexican Grand Prix with two more races remaining on the calendar.

Instead of focusing on the failures, Vettel is looking at the positives that happened at Interlagos, which showed that Ferrari can still win races by the end of the season.

“I think it was very positive this year,” he said. “Nobody expected Ferrari to be that strong. For us to be that strong, we’ve made the biggest step there was a lot of talk from other people. But in the end, we were there from the start, and also until the end. We had two races to go [after losing the title] and we are in a position to fight for victories.

“We’ve won here, both cars on the podium. I think there are a lot of positives. Of course, if you miss out of tracks along the way, but we have to be fair, we haven’t been very competitive last year, we haven’t been very good developing the car, and we’ve made massive progress this year.

“Even if you look at the chance that maybe you’ve missed, you have to give credit to the people to all the team, for the step that we made. I think we can feel, all of us, we are getting stronger and stronger and we carry that strength into the next couple of years, not just next year not just the winter, but also the future. Because I think our objective is to bring back Ferrari properly and get there and dominate. That’s what we want to do.”

Energised after a win at Brazil, Vettel is eagerly looking to end the season on a high note by winning at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“I think it’s a good job that we have races now,” he said. “It helps to not get distracted, I guess. Obviously, in the past, we didn’t have to deal with this. So, I was quite fortunate. But I think it helps to just have something to do.”

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