2016 hasn't been the best year for Ferrari with the wins they have so desperately craved failing to materialize. Despite Mercedes dominance, they were not the best of the rest with Red Bull Racing beating them to both second place in the championship, third in the driver's battle and taking the win when the Mercedes duo failed to finish.
However, as we go into the season finale this weekend and despite the negativity we have seen, and heard over the radio this season, four time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, can see the positives and confirms that while they may not be up there on the top step of the rostrum, they have come a long way from their 2015 campaign, even if the results don't show it.
“It's the last race of the season and I think the most positive thing we can draw from this year is the experience we lived as a team,” Seb said. “We were often criticized but I don't think criticism was always justified. We remained very committed throughout, despite not achieving what we wanted to, due to various reasons and circumstances.”
“This year's car was a big step from last year, and I think our performance was better than results show. So now our target for next year is quite clear, we have to be ready with the project in view of many regulation changes. If I should name a special moment in 2016, I would recall the podium finish at Monza. We've had a difficult season but seeing that the tifosi still believe in us was a big boost for everyone.”
The season finale on the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi takes place this Sunday afternoon/evening.