Vettel on 2017 F1 Season: 'We Were Not Quick Enough, Simple as That'

The four-time world champ claims that Abu Dhabi showed the gap between Ferrari and Mercedes.

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Despite claiming a podium finish at last weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was vastly disappointed. According to the German, it was representative of the entire 2017 F1 season, finishing a clear second to the dynamic Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Vettel elaborated by saying that the race at Yas Marina exemplified how far Ferrari has to come to match the silver arrow crew next year. As he put it, this year was only part of what Maranello hopes to achieve in 2018.

Vettel's dominant tear in the first half of 2017 sat him atop the Drivers' Championship until the silly season break. Victories at the opening Australian Grand Prix and other major races like Monaco put the momentum in his favor, but a drastic comeback by Hamilton eclipsed the Ferrari pilot's early aspirations. Seb mentioned that much of the same came at Abu Dhabi.

"Well it's a race," Vettel said. "We took it all very serious, so I think it's serious. I think we had a strong year overall – obviously we didn't win. Neither the drivers' nor the constructors', so we can't be happy as it's generally what we set out to achieve. Overall, we were not quick enough, as simple as that.

"In the end, you can break it down to a lot of details and this and that. Overall the package wasn't good enough, but I think the positives remain, outweigh the disappointments we had here and there over the year."

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Vettel pointed out that 2017 was still a tremendous step for Ferrari. He compared this year's results to 2016 in which Sebastian Vettel finished fourth in drivers' standings while Ferrari claimed third in the Constructors' Championship.

"You must not forget where we've been 12 months ago and the incredible achievement that's come together over the winter to set up this year and throughout the season to keep improving the car, the engine; so a lot of work, but overall we saw today we got a fair beating and couldn't touch them in quali and in the race. Obviously, there's lots for us to do better."