Sebastian Vettel says he is remaining positive in the chase for the Formula 1 drivers’ title despite trailing Lewis Hamilton.
The British driver has a commanding 40-point lead over Vettel with just six races remaining. The next race on the calendar is the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi this weekend with Vettel realistically needing to win to put pressure on his Mercedes rival.
However the German remains positive and says, as with all races, he is going for victory. He said: “Obviously we expect to do well as we are one of the top three teams, but I don’t have a clear idea of what will happen.
After tomorrow we’ll see how the other cars work and how we feel with ours. “We are some points behind in the championship and we need to catch up to make sure we are there; that’s our target, and the best way to do it is to finish ahead. “That’s what we generally try to do, so our plan doesn’t really change from race to race. We try to give everything we have and I still believe we have a chance to win.”
The recent history in Sochi does not offer Ferrari a great deal of comfort going into the weekend. Mercedes have won the race in the four years it has been held, with Valtteri Bottas winning last year, but Hamilton the winner in 2014 and the following year.
The Russian Grand Prix is followed by races in Japan, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
Hamilton is 2.05 to win in Sochi with Vettel 2.20. Hamilton is 1.15 to be crowned world champion again towards the end of the year while Mercedes 1.22 in the Constructors’ Championship betting.