Cape Town - Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari's final step toward
winning titles again will be the "hardest" one to take, but thinks
the Scuderia have a solid platform to build on.
2017 saw a long-awaited revival from Ferrari but that
ultimately could not be sustained over the entire season as Mercedes eventually
came out on top again.
With Vettel now preparing to go head-to-head with fellow
four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, he is optimistic that Ferrari have
what it takes to complete the final step on the road to recovery.
"Obviously the regulations stay roughly the same. I
think we have a good and healthy platform to build on at the beginning of the
year so I hope we can continue," Vettel told Autosport.
"What we have to do is take that final step. If you look
back it's always that final step that's the hardest.
"There's a lot of work going on already and for the
last couple of months focusing on next year, trying to make the car faster,
with more power into the power unit, and then we'll see where we are."
Vettel thinks it has mostly been "good news" for
Ferrari since the introduction of the new aerodynamic regulations in 2017 and
is hoping to be a title contender once again in 2018.
"In the end as a driver you want to win, and obviously
when you are competitive at the beginning you don't know if it will be enough
to fight for the championship," he added.
"Usually it's a no-brainer: if the car is quick and you
are doing your job well then as the season progress it will lead you to good
news or bad news.
"For the most of it I think it's been good news.
"There were a couple of weeks that were quite painful
for us, but overall it's always great if you have a package that you can take
to the fight."