Sebastian Vettel believes that Ferrari can challenge for victory at the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix and end Ferrari’s 14-year winless streak, despite the struggles in Spain last weekend.
Vettel said that he sees no reason, Ferrari will not be back to top form at the Monaco, despite an indifferent performance in Spain last weekend.
Vettel and Raikkonen could not qualify on the third row of the grid in Barcelona (behind both Mercedes and Red Bull), and were unable to beat Red Bull to victory following Mercedes’ retirement. But following a positive day’s testing run on Spain last weekend, Vettel believes that Ferrari is now well-positioned to grab the first win of the season at Monaco race.
The Italian outfit has gone to Barcelona test under increased pressure from Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne to deliver its first victory of the campaign. Thought the disastrous collision between Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took out its strongest rival Mercedes F1, a poor qualifying performance meant that Ferrari was beaten to victory by Red Bull.
However, having solved and figured out what went wrong during last week’s Barcelona test, Vettel is highly confident that his team would get strong at Monaco.
“I think it should be a strong track for us,” Vettel said in a statement, via the Motorsport. “We were very competitive last year, and I think we improved in those areas that you need for Monaco.
“The car is better in terms of ride, in terms of kerbing, in general – so it should help for Monaco.”
In addition, Ferrari is also not worried about Red Bull’s continuous improvement. The team has high hopes about an engine upgrade that could arrive as early at Monaco.
“We look after ourselves,” Vettel added in a statement, via the Motorsport. “We were as competitive as we expected [in Spain], with the exception of Saturday.
“Sunday we were in the ballpark but we just struggled to get past. Once we got the past, which was not many times in the race, we showed we were quicker.”
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg has won the past three events in Monaco GP while Red Bull claimed three victories. F1 legend Michael Schumacher was Ferrari’s last Monaco winner in 2001.
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