Cape Town - Sebastian Vettel has every belief that Ferrari will
"dig deep" in the off-season as they prepare to challenge Mercedes
for the 2018 titles.
Although Vettel led throughout the opening half of the 2017
season, he ultimately lost the title to Lewis Hamilton after a wretched second
Driver errors coupled with reliability problems and a lack
of pace at F1's high speed circuits meant for the first time in his career,
Vettel was unable to wrap up the title despite leading the standings.
The German, though, is confident that Ferrari have learned
lessons that they can put towards a stronger 2018 challenge.
"The step that we have done in 2017 was
incredible," he said.
"The way the team has come out with a competitive car
at the beginning, the way we have improved both chassis and engine, on all
fronts I think it has been outstanding.
"We have been close for most of the year, not close
enough when it mattered, but that's what happened. From that we made our
conclusions, we learned our lessons.
"So I believe that those will help us next year. We are
completely fired up."
He added: "Obviously it was bitter but now we look
forward to in 2018. Everybody will be pushing very hard over the winter. I
think we have what we need.
"It all starts again in 2018, so let's see. We had two
or three races that turned out to be very costly, for different reasons and,
they've [Mercedes] been very, very strong, very consistent.
"In the end we weren't good enough to take it to the
last race and take the championship. So, I think we know what we need to do.
"There are lessons that were obvious, some were a bit
more hidden but I'm sure we'll dig deep enough and try to find all of them."