Vettel says Ferrari "can't be proud" of 2016 season

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari "can't be proud" of its 2016 season after failing to fight for the championship, but the German believes the team was stronger than results suggest.

Vettel says Ferrari "can't be proud" of 2016 season
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari on the drivers parade
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Listen to this article

The Italian squad started the year with the goal of challenging Mercedes for the titles, but has failed to win a race and will finish third behind Red Bull in the standings.

Vettel, fourth in the drivers' standings, still believes Ferrari made a step forward compared to last year, when it won three races, but he admits the team failed to meets its goals.

"All in all, I think the car has been a very good step from last year," said Vettel on Thursday ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"I think our performance was actually better than the results have shown at times, but circumstances weren't always the best.

"Nevertheless we can't be proud of this year because we came into the season wanting to fight for the championship and we did not, so the target for next year is very clear.

"It's an enormous challenge for all the teams, including ourselves, to get the cars ready for next year with so many changes, but that's what we are here for."

Despite its disappointing season, the German reckons Ferrari has been unfairly criticised often.

"I think the strongest point that we have is the experience of the team," he said. "Very often they get criticised but I don't think it's justified. We are working very hard, people are very committed."

Vettel believes Ferrari could still have a strong end to the season in Abu Dhabi, where he expects his car to be well-suited to the track.

"We are here to fight. I've said it many times that the season hasn't gone the way we wanted but we are here to fight until the end. In general it should be a good track for us. I don't see why not."

 

shares
comments

Hamilton promises “interesting read” on Mercedes crew-swap reasons

German GP set to be dropped from 2017 F1 calendar

Why Albon won't be "throwing around laptops" to gain a 2023 F1 edge

Why Albon won't be "throwing around laptops" to gain a 2023 F1 edge

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Williams launch
Alex Kalinauckas

Why Albon won't be "throwing around laptops" to gain a 2023 F1 edge Why Albon won't be "throwing around laptops" to gain a 2023 F1 edge

The pioneering F1 car that preceded Lotus’s terminal decline

The pioneering F1 car that preceded Lotus’s terminal decline

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

Throwback: The 1987 Lotus 99T The pioneering F1 car that preceded Lotus’s terminal decline

How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1

How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

The story of Ken Tyrrell's team How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Alex Kalinuackas

Assessing Hamilton's Mercedes stint Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Why new-look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

Why new-look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Jonathan Noble

Why new-look Haas is a litmus test Why new-look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Alex Kalinauckas

Assessing Wolff's Mercedes influence The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

The line-up Ocon, Gasly may emulate The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

Who were the fastest F1 drivers? Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?