Sebastian Vettel says he has faith in Ferrari ahead of the 2018 season. After winter testing, the general consensus is that Ferrari may not only be trailing Mercedes, but also Red Bull in terms of pace. But Vettel said testing can be deceptive.
Indeed, when the German did a record laptime late in the Barcelona testing season, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wasn’t sure what to think. “We never drained the fuel or used the softest tyres, so it’s only Saturday in Melbourne that we’ll find out,” he said.
Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas agrees, saying the reigning world champions “didn’t feel the need” to push for every last thousandth in testing.