Sebastian Vettel believes that the 2015 Formula 1 season was a “miracle” for Scuderia Ferrari as it recorded its highest ever points total in the constructors’ championship.
After enduring a miserable 2014 campaign that yielded just two podium finishes and saw the team finish fourth overall, Ferrari bounced back this year following the redesign of its power unit and the revival of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull.
Vettel was victorious in Malaysia, Hungary and Singapore – the only three races not won by Mercedes in 2015 – and underpinned these results with a further ten podium finishes.
Speaking after battling his way from 15th on the grid to finish the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in fourth place, Vettel said that Ferrari should not understate its achievements given its position just one year ago.
“I think we can be very happy for this season. Of course the last step to catch the Mercedes will also be the hardest one, but if you think about where we were only one year ago, this has been a miracle season,” Vettel said.
“I can’t think of any other team which improved so much over a year. Big smiles are going around in our garage and for next year we want to increase the amount of smiles.
“I’ m very happy to have joined the team in this moment and to have had an opening year with Ferrari like I had. Hopefully we’ll have many more good ones coming.”
Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene was quick to thank the entire Ferrari team following his first full year in charge at Maranello, echoing Vettel’s comments.
“It’s a whole team effort we were able to put on, with everybody working hard to improve. A big thanks to all of them, they’ve been fantastic and deserve the highest grades!” Arrivabene said.
“Special thanks to our President, who never stopped pushing and supporting us from behind the curtains. Now we know that we face an even bigger challenge for next year, not only catching up on our rivals but also trying to stay ahead of them.”