Sebastian Vettel is confident that Ferrari can turn things around after failing to pose a serious challenge to Mercedes in the opening six races of the 2016 Formula 1 season.
After winning three races with Ferrari last year, Vettel was expected to lead the Italian marque’s charge against Mercedes in 2016.
An encouraging pre-season programme and opening race in Australia gave Ferrari hope of a bid for both championships, but its form has since faded.
With Red Bull on the rise and having already won a race in 2016, Ferrari risks becoming the third-fastest team on the grid.
Previewing this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, Vettel spoke of the new parts and updates that Ferrari has brought to Montreal that he hopes can offer it a step up in pace.
“I’ve some expectations, then you need to wait and see what’s happening on the track,” Vettel said.
“It also depends on what other people are doing, what other people are bringing. I think it should be a bit warmer as the weekend goes on but I’m not sure, we’ll see.
“We know that Canada is a tricky track because of its surface. Usually it’s difficult to get the tires to work equally: the softer compound tires are quite tricky, it’s difficult to make them last in the race, so with cooler temperature usually you struggle a bit more overall so we’ll see. It could be interesting.
“We have some new parts, hope they will help us make a step forward. I know that currently we’re not in the position we want to be in, but you never know: we will try at our best, fighting very hard, giving everything to win.
“I believe we can turn it around. I believe in the team.”