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Vettel confident of ‘bright future’ at Ferrari despite winless run

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TURIN, Italy – Sebastian Vettel remains confident that Scuderia Ferrari has a “bright future” ahead in Formula 1 despite failing to win a race so far this season.

Vettel enjoyed a strong first season with Ferrari in 2015, scoring three race wins en route to third place in the drivers’ championship.

Ferrari entered 2016 tipped to end Mercedes’ dominance and put up a serious challenge for the constructors’ championship.

However, neither Vettel nor teammate Kimi Raikkonen has managed to win a race so far this season, while Mercedes’ advantage seems as great as ever.

Speaking at the opening of the FIA Sport Conference in Turin on Tuesday, Vettel expressed his faith in Ferrari, saying that the many parts are coming together to set the team up for a title challenge.

“We still have a long way to go, I think the moment I joined the team there was a lot of things changing so it still takes some time but we don’t allow ourselves to take that time,” Vettel said.

“We have very, very ambitious targets and obviously great competition, but ultimately we want to prove the point that we are the best, we want to win.

“So naturally after a great season last year when we finished second in the world constructors’ championship we want to step up already this year.

“Currently we’re still lacking a little bit of speed here and there but it’s getting better, I think the car has great potential.

“The people are coming along so the whole project starts to move in the right direction so I’m confident we will have a bright future.”

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.