MAY 14, 2016
Next circuits better for Ferrari says Vettel
Amid rising pressure, Ferrari is still upbeat about 2016.
President Sergio Marchionne is piling on the expectations of victory, and rumours are swirling around the future of team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.
But Sebastian Vettel actually thinks Ferrari, already looking fast in Barcelona, has a real chance this weekend.
"On paper yes but unfortunately we don't drive on paper, we drive on asphalt," he told German television RTL.
Vettel said the last three results - Bahrain, China and Russia - should not be interpreted as a sure sign of how the rest of the season will go.
"They were Mercedes tracks," he said.
"The tracks that are coming now will be better."
Championship leader Nico Rosberg does not disagree, telling Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper that while Mercedes' car is good at every circuit, "the Red Bull Ring could be difficult for us".
Former Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, however, is not so sure Ferrari is ready for its breakthrough, even though the red cars looked fast on Friday.
"Let's see," he told Marca sports newspaper. "Ferrari are usually fast on a Friday."
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo also thinks Mercedes is strolling to the 2016 title.
"I'm afraid it's true," he told Italy's Corriere dello Sport. "It will be between Nico and Lewis, as it was in 2014 and 2015."