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F1 Malaysian GP: Ferrari is on the way up again – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel insists he and Ferrari can win races in 2016 as he returns to the scene of his first win with the manufacturer in Malaysia.
Sebastian Vettel is remaining bullish about his and Ferrari's chances against Mercedes and Red Bull in the Malaysian Grand Prix and beyond after showing what he feels is an upturn in form recently.

Eighteen months on from claiming his first win in Ferrari colours around the revised Sepang circuit, Vettel remains relatively confident the SF16-T package is capable of making a good impression again this weekend based on recent performances.

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Indeed, though Vettel has endured compromised races in Belgium and Singapore – with a return to the podium at Monza in between -, he feels Ferrari is turning its fortunes around.

“The last races seem to show we are on the way up again, so the mood is positive. The car is working fine, we have some new bits we hope will make us more competitive. You need to set into the groove, there's a lot of unknowns so far with the new tarmac and so on. So for everyone we need to see where we are tomorrow during practice. After that we know how confident we can be for the rest of it.”

With the completion of the Singapore Grand Prix marking a year since Ferrari's last F1 win, Vettel remains convinced he can end the 2016 season with a victory under his belt.

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“There's always a chance to win. Starting last in Singapore, a lot of people didn't know what to expect. We knew where we should go with the pace we had and you never know, with a Safety Car at a different time it could have been a completely different race as well, even better or the other way round. So there's always a lot of things that could happen on Sunday afternoon and that's ultimately why we are here.

“That's my conviction and that's my feeling whenever I'm standing on the grid, that there's always a chance to win. For sure the higher up you are, statistically the higher your chances, but I'm convinced there's always a chance to win.

“We have six races left and our target is to do well at all of them and win at all of them, which is very ambitious, but we will go race by race and see what we can do.”

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September 29, 2016 12:18 PM

Ferrari has every reason to be optimistic. The power and aero (see Belgium) performance is OK. And Pirelli has lowered the tire pressures which took away Mercedes' trick wheel cooling advantage. We are in for a very interesting battle between Mercedes and Ferrari (barring another barge from MadMax of course!).


September 30, 2016 4:25 AM
Last Edited 288 days ago

Ferrari has every reason to be optimistic And so did they last season out: with 3 wins ! Every reason, back then, might have been a more realistic assert. The statistics, nevertheless, tells us a different story. As I can remember, with only two or three races to go, Seb had a good chance to clinch the runner up place. What has he now, doesn't even come close.The team, as well.

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