Sebastien Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari is confident that his team is on the right track for the 2017 Formula One (F1) season. The 29-year-old is also confident that the departure of James Allison in the middle of the current season will not impact the development of the 2017 car.
“I can’t give you a time or promise as in when it will be stellar as it depends on what other people are doing but I’m pretty confident we are on the right track.” Vettel said, as reported by Autosport.
The 4-time F1 World Champion stated that the work on the 2017 car started earlier in the year since the regulations were very different for the upcoming season. It took some time to develop an understanding of what needs to be done.
Allison’s departure was not easy for the entire team to digest since he played an important role and had a key influence on the proceedings. However, his exit has not made much impact on what’s going on behind the scenes and every member of the team is looking forward towards the next season.
Ferrari managed to finish fifth and sixth at Austin in the United States Grand Prix. The Prancing Horse managed to finish behind rivals Mercedes and Red Bull. This was a disappointment from the Japanese Grand Prix where the team showed promise of being ahead of Red Bull on pace.
Vettel was not happy with the competitiveness the team showed during the U.S. Grand Prix and agreed that they struggled for overall pace.
“It’s part of the reason why I’m not entirely happy with today, the gap to the cars in front is what I don’t like.” The German mentioned.
Scuderia Ferrari started the 2016 season with high hopes of challenging Mercedes for the F1 Constructors’ Championship. However, with three Grand Prix left, the team is yet to win any races.
Instead of challenging for the Championship, the team has fallen behind Red Bull and currently sits third in the Constructors’ table.
However, if Vettel’s words are to be believed, we could expect a better showing from the 16-time F1 Constructors’ Champions in the 2017 season.
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