Vettel sure 2018 title race won't go the same way as 2017

Arnold Nichols
August 2, 2018

However he warned that the Scuderia had the quicker auto, a view backed by an optimistic Vettel.

So how did Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes turn a wet-weather pole into a dry-weather win despite a auto speed deficit? Vettel overtook Hamilton in championship standing winning the next race in Britain.

In the previous race, rain again played havoc at Hockenheim as a nervy Vettel crashed near the end of the German GP.

The 2018 Formula 1 season will now resume at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 24-26, 2018, following the summer break. Hamilton has suffered from three mechanical setbacks and three poor strategy calls, but the British driver believes his team have still had the edge.

Raikkonen was joined in his celebrations by his son Robin and said it was nice to share the moment with his family.

"I got hit from behind [by Bottas], I was not sure what had happened and I was lucky the auto was not broken and we could carry on". Ferrari, as they expected, went for the more durable soft tyres for Vettel and chose to run long before their first stop and attack Hamilton at the end.

But after being swept aside by the Mercedes juggernaut immediately after the summer break 12 months ago when the Merc was simply too quick and too reliable for the 2017 Ferrari, Vettel is pinning his hopes of landing a fifth title ahead of Hamilton on the speed superiority of this year's Ferrari. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner blamed the Renault engine as being substandard.

With just five laps remaining, Vettel pulled off a move on Bottas, passing him on the outside heading to Turn 2. Nonetheless Vettel remains optimistic that he has the vehicle to challenge and would do so in the second half of the year.

"The pendulum seems to swing once this side, once that side", he said after finishing second on Sunday. "Obviously if it's like this, consistency is the key".

"But that is part of racing".

Asked if "wingman is what you have to accept, driving for Mercedes", he replied: "I think we need to speak after this race, we are over halfway of the year and the points gap is big, so for sure the team will decide at some point". I think actually the first time that I saw blue flags for cars ahead of me, when I saw that, I was like 'fuck!

Could we soon see a new face in F1 at one of the top mid-ranking teams? However, Hamilton finished his 2007 rookie season in second place.

"We need to speak after this race".

'He started second and he was second after the opening lap, and, from my standpoint, it was Valtteri's best race at Mercedes in the last two years.

"The second half is always exciting, it's always intense", he said. This left him susceptible to a charging Daniel Ricciardo, who got a run on him down the start-finish straight with four laps to go.

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