Vettel: We have a very efficient car this year

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Ferrari arrive in Montreal as favourites ahead of Canadian Grand Prix weekend, their rivals Mercedes are delaying the introduction of their next-gen power unit and their star driver Sebastian Vettel believes the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will suit their car.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Vettel was asked if he could win on Sunday, he replied, “We’ll see. So far we’ve had a good car on the straights. We have a very efficient car this year.”

“It should help us on this type of track. The tyres will be key, make sure they work and that they last. A couple of key points, but I like the track, I like being here.”

“For some reason, I’ve had interesting races here. It’s a good place, a lot of hype around this place, in the city. A lot of people who come to the track are excited.”

“Hopefully we have a good race. It’s normal that every now and then you have a boring race. Monaco is not the best race to overtake, but it should be different here so let’s see.”

“If we have a boring race on Sunday, having the cars running one and two, we would still be happy with that, but that’s a long way from now.”

Reigning champion and current championship leader Lewis Hamilton is the German’s main rival for the title. The pair have each won two grands prix so far this year, but Red Bull have also won two races with Daniel Ricciardo.

Asked if Red Bull were a threat, Vettel responded, “Of course they can be. I think first of all they had a better tyre wear than other people in Monaco and obviously that could help them here.”

“This track is different again and a different layout but I don’t know what they are having or not – and what they have brought for updates and so on. I think we need to wait and see, but I expect it to be close just like the other races and hopefully Ferrari (are) in front.”

Ferrari have not won in Canada since 2004, while Mercedes arrive seeking to add a fourth big trophy to the trio they have on the mantlepiece which they have won in the past three years.

But Vettel played down expectations Ferrari will end the run of Mercedes triumphs on the Ile Notre Dame, “Compared to last year, we have another car and the approach is, of course, also different. It is hard to make any prediction about this weekend.”

“A lot can depend on what the other teams can do here and on the weather as well, as it might be raining. The track is a little bit different from any other, but we think the engine can play a role here. So, let’s see where we are.”

“We have brought some updates here, which I am sure everyone does at some point along the season: so far, we’ve had a good and efficient car on the straights and this should help.”

“There are a couple of tricky points, but I like this track. Unlike Monaco, which is not the best place for overtaking, I think it should be different here. However, tires play a bigger role this year. We’ve done a good job so far, but there’s still a long way to go”.

While Hamilton seeks a record tieing seventh victory at the venue, Vettel will be looking to add a second victory to his win in 2013 when he still drove for Red Bull.

This season, after six rounds, Vettel trails Hamilton by 14 points while Mercedes lead the constructors’ standings by 12 points over Ferrari and Red Bull third and 71 points shy of the leaders.