Sebastian Vettel insists Ferrari are continuing to develop and they have not ‘lost direction’ over the course of the season.
Vettel looked well placed to challenge Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton for Drivers’ Championship glory heading into the second half of the campaign, but the Brit has won five of the last six races and has subsequently opened up a 50-point lead at the top of the standings.
Indeed, Vettel’s chances of winning a fifth world title now seem remote, but he insists the Scuderia are still trending in a positive direction.
“We haven’t lost direction,” said Vettel. “We have made progress, the steps that were planned were the steps that came. Maybe they have made bigger or smaller steps. But we are where we wanted to be.”
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Vettel, who finished third at last week’s Russian Grand Prix, will be aiming for his sixth race victory of the season when Formula One heads to Japan this week and he admits the Suzuka track is a personal favourite of his.
“This is my favourite track in the world,” the 31-year-old revealed.
The stats certainly appear to back up Vettel’s love of the Japanese Grand Prix, as he has won the race four times in the past, although the most recent of those successes was when he was driving for Red Bull back in 2013.