After crashing out on the opening lap of last weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix and later receiving a three place grid drop for his part in turning around the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg in the ensuing mayhem, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel is still optimistic ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Suzuka is a well know favourite for the majority of the drivers on the grid and Vettel is no exception. He has already achieved phenomenal success here, including four wins for Red Bull Racing, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, and although he is not happy with his overall performance this season, he is happy with what he sees happening behind closed doors.
“Suzuka is a phenomenal track and I have been lucky to have had so many podiums and wins here. As for us, we are not happy with our performance so far, if we could change it in a day we would. The last race was obviously not very good in terms of Constructors points, but I still believe we should be up against the best in the next races,” he said.
“That’s our target. Despite the lack of success this year so far, I think it has been a very good season if I look at the process behind the scenes. Of course you don’t see it yet clicking and happening on the track but I think I wouldn’t swap with last year. It was good and we had some success, but I think to set ourselves out for the future is very important.”
“We get along well together, the work inside the team has improved massively. The secret is not just to get the right people or to get them to work but also to get everybody to work with each other and this is something that has been tremendously improved. It’s not a secret I have very high expectations for myself first and if I can’t deliver I’m not happy, and in that regard my performance this season has been a bit up and down”.