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In the face of victory: Ferrari means "favorites role" nothing

Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Sports

14. September 2017 – 14:58

Sebastian Vettel does not give much to the supposed favorite role

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(cafetheology.org) – Sebastian Vettel has a great opportunity in Singapore to recapture the World Championship lead by rival Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton had secured one in the table in Monza, but only three points ahead of the Ferrari driver, who now comes on a track that is supposed to meet his car. "Theoretically it should be a bit better than in Monza, but I think it will be tight," Vettel does not want to deal with premature congratulations. He points out that between Ferrari and Mercedes this year it was often tight, even though a car should have had a supposed advantage – like last seen in Spa, when Vettel Hamilton contested the victory on a track that was supposed to be Mercedes. " But there is no reason to believe that the car could not be good. Also according to team colleague Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari does not see himself in the favorites role: "In our heads is not so," emphasizes the Finn. And even if: "Even if a team is a favorite, it does not guarantee anything, it does not mean anything, and there will be a lot of stories on Sunday in the race." Vettel won the most in Singapore on the weekend after the victory. Vettel is a record winner in the Southeast Asian city with four successes, and Kimi Raikkonen, unlike Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, knows how pod descent in Singapore feels. "I'm glad to be here, maybe I'm good at artificial light," he laughs.

Four victories: No driver won in Singapore more often than Sebastian Vettel

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"I like the track," he continues. "It is a big challenge, it is the longest and hardest race of the season when it comes to focus and stress, it is these races that you look forward to all year, but you do not want to start at the same time because you know how difficult it is, "says Vettel. But for Ferrari, the Grand Prix probably will not come early enough to make up for the disappointment from Monza. Although Vettel emphasizes that it was a nice day in front of the home fans in the face of the podium place, but one had no chance against Mercedes on the top speed course at all. "We expected it will not be easy for us – and that's how it happened," remarks Raikkonen. Headache to Abu Dhabi at the front … Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne was visibly served after the result, but Vettel promised confidence for the remaining seven races. "I have confidence and confidence in the team and know that there will be much more coming," he shines. Recently, the Heppenheimer was able to unite at the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Ferrari, but now sporting ambitions are again on the agenda. Ferrari is expected, but Vettel would not be disappointed if the fifth victory in Singapore is not going to happen "If you have a chance to win and not win, then it would be a disappointment, but if you do not have a chance to win and not , then … ", he does not necessarily see the victory as a must. In the end, the World Cup is much more important. He would go back to Lewis Hamilton with a victory, but it would not have any great significance for him. "I think it's more important to be on the road to Abu Dhabi on Sunday," he says. "Whatever happens until then: the goal is clear, there are many races and lots of possibilities to score points."

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