Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel started the season with victories in the first two races of the season and although they faltered in the last two races, the German is not concerned that he has lost ground because the season is long.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, Vettel said, “So far we can be happy. We have been very competitive and have had a chance to fight for the win in most of the races.”
At the same time he is wary of the challenges that are likely to be posted by Mercedes and Red Bull, “It is very tight at the top and small things can make the difference. But it’s nice that whether you start first or sixth, you can fight for the win in terms of pure performance – which is good for people watching too because you don’t know what will happen.”
“There are so many races to go that it’s pointless to talk about the fight for the championship. Right now, there is a fight to maximise the result in every race.”
“It’s pretty straightforward for a long time. If you can get the best result every weekend you are racing that will bring you to a good position to fight for the championship but that is not until October,” added Vettel.
Ferrari have not won in Barcelona since Fernando Alonso took victory at the 2013 race, while Mercedes have won the race at the venue three times since then.