Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari is remaining realistic about its ambitions in 2015 despite beating Mercedes to win the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Vettel pulled off a two-stop strategy to lead home Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and secure Ferrari’s first win in nearly two years in Sepang a fortnight ago.
Despite the win, Vettel says it is important Ferrari concentrates on cementing itself in second in the pecking order ahead of rivals Williams and Red Bull, before seriously setting it sights on beating Mercedes regularly.
“You need a couple of races to really understand where you are and I think we have a decent understanding,” Vettel told reporters in Shanghai on Thursday.
“But the target is to confirm the fact that we were very close to the top cars in Australia and fighting with Williams for the podium and obviously in Sepang we were very close and close enough to win.
“That was a great success, but I think in general we want to make sure we get established as the team right behind Mercedes and that means that we stay ahead of strong teams like Williams and Red Bull not just for one or two races but ideally for the whole season.
“Once we have confirmed that the target is to make sure the gap gets closer and closer with Mercedes.
“We are realistic about where we are and what we want to achieve,” he added. “The targets haven’t changed.
“It was a great victory we had in Malaysia and great for us as a team, especially for myself it was a very emotional day with Ferrari.
“On Wednesday I came back to the factory and to see all the people there was quite special. There’s a lot of people working there and of course they were very happy because the team hasn’t won for quite a while.
“I think they enjoyed the fact they have something to celebrate and there are a couple of rituals as well involved, so it was nice for them to get that feeling again.”
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