Vet­tel: Fer­rari more for­mi­da­ble

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Cham­pi­onship leader Se­bas­tian Vet­tel is con­fi­dent Fer­rari will stay the course in their tight ti­tle fight with Mercedes and says they know what they need to fo­cus their car de­vel­op­ment on.

With a re­turn to win­ning ways in Hun­gary last week­end, Vet­tel has headed into F1’s sum­mer break with a 14-point lead over Lewis Hamil­ton, while Fer­rari’s sec­ond one-two of the sea­son has re­duced their deficit to Mercedes in the Con­struc­tors’ Cham­pi­onship.Fer­rari have won only won one race af­ter July, Sin­ga­pore 2015, in the last six sea­sons but Vet­tel is con­fi­dent the 2017-spec Maranello team is a more for­mi­da­ble propo­si­tion.

“The team is in a much bet­ter shape this year,” he told Sky F1 af­ter a brief two-hour run in the SF70-H on the fi­nal day of the Bu­dapest test, when he set the fastest time.

“If you have the right re­sults coming your way you start to pick up a bit of mo­men­tum and so it’s up to us to keep it go­ing. But I’m quite con­fi­dent we have the right peo­ple, we know how to build a strong car, and we have im­proved the en­gine this year mas­sively, so every­thing is go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“We will see in terms of time whether we will be ahead or be­hind but I’m con­fi­dent we will be there and hope­fully fight for a lot of big points.”

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