Despite sitting 3rd in the Constructors and remaining in contention for 2nd, Ferrari are questioned by their own outlandishly high standards. Last year they won three races but the team are still waiting to taste victory in 2016.
As reported by Motorsport.com, Vettel has rubbished the impression that Ferrari have had an awful season. The four-time world champion said,
“It’s true that we didn’t have a great season so far, but it’s also true that it’s not a bad, an awful season as some people might look at it.
We are criticising ourselves first because we haven’t achieved what we set out to achieve. We were closing the gap last year and unfortunately the gap to the top is still there.
Sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller, but it’s still there. Do I have confidence that we will win races in the future? One hundred percent.”
– Sebastian Vettel
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) September 14, 2016
Vettel is continually protecting the team from criticism in an ambassadorial role. On the other side of the garage, Kimi Raikkonen focuses on the task at hand. The Singapore Grand Prix will be a battle of both human and mechanical attrition but the Iceman believes he is in contention for victory. He said,
“Obviously we are aiming high. We might have a chance here, plus there’s always random things that can happen here. On paper there might be some tracks that suit us more, some less, but it is always a combination of so many things.
I’m not really looking at the different characteristics and saying ‘this might be the track or this might not’. I think that’s the wrong approach. I think you should always try to do your best, aim for the highest.
In the end I’m here to win. That’s what I’ll try to do this weekend. It might sound optimistic but you never know what happens.”
– Kimi Raikkonen
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) September 15, 2016
In the current climate in which Mercedes have won every single race apart from the Spanish GP, are Ferrari really in trouble? Even a win in Singapore would see them in a season-long battle with Red Bull for 2nd. They will finish this season in one of these positions, their challenge for either title was sterilized earlier on in the season.