Vettel: Ferrari fired up to beat Mercedes in 2018

From ESPN - January 14, 2018

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari has learnt from its mistakes last year and are "completely fired up" to beat rivals Mercedes in the 2018 Formula One season.

Despite enjoying its most successful F1 season in recent memory, Ferrari ultimately missed out on both world championships last season to Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel had led the standings by 14 points going into the summer break, before a disastrous run saw his title hopes collapse.

But the German, who claimed five wins across the season, is confident the Scuderia will hit back strongly in the upcoming campaign, pointing to the gains the Italian outfit was able to make over the previous winter following an aerodynamic overhaul to the regulations.

"The step that we have done in 2017 was incredible," Vettel said. "The way the team has come out with a competitive car at the beginning, the way we have improved both chassis and engine, on all fronts I think it has been outstanding.


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