After the mishaps in 2017 for Ferrari, the 2018 Formula 1 season has been a better one for the Italian manufacturer which limited number of mistakes committed by them in the fihgt against Mercedes and Red Bull Racing.
It has been a close fight but for the first time Mercedes is looking under real pressure as it is against a solid Ferrari car which now has performed relatively on all the circuits, even the onces where it couldn't before, like Silverstone last weekend.
The team’s engine performed better than ever during the whole weekend with the customer teams Haas and Sauber also enjoying a consistent the Top 10 results, managing to beat their rivals using the Mercedes and or Renault or Honda units.
Ferrari’s Chief Technical Officer Mattia Bonitto feels it is the full package which is delivering and not just part performance. "I would say honestly, it is the full package. I would not split the engine, aero or chassis – when the car is fast, [it is] the full package [which] is working well together and I think that’s what happened [in British GP].
"Obviously, we are happy for it [the victory]. [But] we know it is still a very tight battle [and] the balance is very close. We have been very strong here [in Silverstone] as well, so we are happy with what we deliver," he said.
"We are happy [that] when [we are] bringing some new package [on the car, it is] working properly." Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene echoed his sentiments while praising him, the drivers and the team at Maranello.
"I am happy first of all for the team, starting from Mattia together with the other guys in Maranello, he put on the ground a very-very good car and the credit goes to him with Sebastian driving a like a lion to say with the pain he got in the neck," he said.
For Vettel as well, he took his only second win at the circuit after his first in 2009. He last scored a podium in 2015 and has a total of two wins and three podiums in the 11 times he has competed here.
"This weekend was a bit different [at Silverstone], it was very warm which is a bit unlikely for here, compared to recent years," he said. "Also there was less wind, new asphalt, so a couple of new things but I think the main thing is that we were competitive, which we weren’t in the past.
"It’s a tricky circuit, you need to get the balance right, of downforce and drag. I think we have a very good car, we brought some bits, they seemed to work, so, I think we were very, very happy with the result. It’s been a difficult track for us. This year I think we were a match. Probably there were still some weaknesses in the race at different phases.
"As I described, I think the end of the first stint, I think Valtteri was a bit faster to overall I think we had pace in hand, managed the second stint and managed the race well. If you have a car that is fast, I think you can make things happen, and that’s what we did."
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Darshan Chokhani is a FIA Accredited journalist covering both Indian and International championships, including Formula 1, MotoGP, Formula E, World Endurance Championship and more. Although specialising in motor racing, but follows Cricket, Tennis, WWE and events involving Indian athletes.