Despite ceding the championship lead to Lewis Hamilton in Azerbaijan, Sebastian Vettel remains confident he will return to the winner’s circle thanks to his Ferrari’s overall level of performance.
The German driver who won the two opening rounds of the world championship earlier this season lost out big time in Baku, challenging for a race win in the closing stages of the event only to end up fourth after a bold attempt to seize the lead with just a handful of laps to go sent him down the order.
Vettel salvaged a spot just outside the podium thanks to the misfortune which befell Valtteri Bottas who was demoted from first on the penultimate lap by a tyre puncture.
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The Scuderia driver now trails arch-rival Hamilton in the Drivers’ standing by four points, but still feels comfortable with his level of performance.
“The most important thing is that we have a good car,” Vettel said.
“We have a car that we can work with in qualifying. If we can put it in the front we can fight for a win. We have good pace in the race.”
Indeed, while it’s early days still, Vettel’s hopes of succeeding this year where he failed in 2017 are bolstered by his belief in the all-round qualities of Ferrari’s SF71-H.