Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is looking ahead to the opening race in Australia, but is keen to remind us what his balls are made of.
There are a lot of eyes on Ferrari right now. With the breakneck paces that both their drivers posted during the Barcelona test so far and the impressive durability that their cars have shown posting 374 laps, they have set themselves up as a force to be reckoned with.
However, Sebastian Vettel has been quick to calm down the speculation that is mounting ahead of the first race of the season:
“Time will tell! I don’t have a crystal ball. I have two other balls but they don’t tell me much. I think at this time we have a lot of stuff on our list. It’s a very, very long list. So we have a lot of things to do. For sure the potential is higher as the rules are very different, but it is for everyone.” – Sebastian Vettel
Though his balls might not foresee the future, they certainly seem to be telling him that facing off against Mercedes from the start will give him all of the necessary tingles in the car. However, while he’s excited about the upcoming battle, there’s still plenty of work to get done between now and then:
“[I’m] quite curious to see from now to Melbourne how the car will change and how everyone else will change. In Melbourne we’ll have more of a clue where we are. everyone is pushing like crazy. There’s a lot of work ahead of us. We’ve had a good three days, could have been better but yeah, we did a decent amount of laps. We have a lot of stuff where we know we need to improve.
Didn’t really pay much attention to what the others are doing, at the end of the day everyone is looking at one lap time. Much more important what happens throughout the day, it’s very difficult to read. As I said, what’s most important now is we are running and we as I said we need to improve.” – Sebestian Vettel
It’s wise that Vettel isn’t jumping the gun on predicting where Ferrari will be for the opening race, they looked good last year in pre-season testing but the 2016 campaign didn’t live up to their high expectations.