Vettel seeks Singapore success to salvage season

Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:19am EDT
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By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel is running out of races to record his first win of the season for Ferrari but the German is optimistic this week's Singapore Grand Prix could provide some belated success for the Italian team.

The four-times world champion joined Ferrari from Red Bull at the start of last term and made an immediate impact, claiming three victories with the last one coming a year ago in Singapore.

This season has been far less fruitful for Ferrari, without a win in 14 races and behind Mercedes and Red Bull in the constructors' standings.

Vettel, though, preferred to look ahead rather than in the rearview mirror when asked about his chances this week.

"All the races that have passed this year we didn't record a victory but looking forward we are always aiming to win," the four-times Singapore winner told reporters on Thursday.

"This track was very good for us last year and we have improved the car from then so we should have a reasonable chance.

"You have to make Mercedes favorites but they had a difficult time here last season. There's no guarantee that it happens again but if they do struggle, then everyone will be happy to take advantage," said Vettel.

Ferrari were expected to mount a serious challenge to Mercedes this term but the German team have won 13 of 14 races and few would have expected Vettel's triumph a year ago to be the last time he climbed on the top step of the podium.   Continued...

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany (L) enters the Marina Bay Circuit ahead of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix Night Race in Singapore, September 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee