Vettel Believes Heat will Help Ferrari in Malaysia

Sebastian Vettel has acknowledged that the Ferrari responds well when running in a warmer climate and believes that this might aid his chances of a first Ferrari victory for 2016.

Vettel is yet to win this season, a feat that he won’t want on his record. Since 2008, Vettel has won at least a race each season barring his woeful and final year at Red Bull in 2014. He’s less likely to do a runner if Ferrari don’t give him a winning package, but Malaysia seems to be his greatest chance at winning in 2016.

The Four-time World Champion finished both Practice session near the top with a 4th in FP1 and a 3rd in FP2, the long-stint pace of the Ferrari almost a match to Mercedes. He said,

“I think we had a decent day, testing a couple of things. I have to have a look before I can say much.

Historically, we seem to do well when it’s warm. Today was quite warm. In the end we try to be competitive, I think our pace didn’t look too bad, at least from what I was told inside the car.

“If that’s the name of the game, that the hot conditions suit us, the fact that it’s always warm here might be a good thing.”

– Sebastian Vettel

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The red number 5 admitted that the underlying objective is to win, but against the ever-dominant Mercedes, it could be a bit far-fetched.

“Our target is to win a race, or win more than one race if we have the chance, but ultimately I think it comes down to doing our best and getting the maximum out of our package. Then we see where it takes us.”

– Sebastian Vettel

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during practice for the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit on September 30, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – SEPTEMBER 30: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during practice for the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit on September 30, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)