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Ferrari's 2018 SF71H To Chase Championship Glory

Ferrari's 2018 SF71H To Chase Championship Glory

Sebastian Vettel is "confident" Ferrari's new SF71H will be a "good" auto, but how good remains to be seen.

Ferrari opted against making fundamental changes, with Vettel regularly insisting the team is on the right trajectory, as it chases its first title since the 2008 Constructors' crown.

"Well, I think we always have some positive expectation", he said.

"I think the most healthy situation for Formula One is a very competitive environment where multiple teams are able to win and the championship goes down to the wire at the final race".

Hamilton had become something of an old hand at managing individual rivalries following his hard relationship with former team-mate Nico Rosberg in previous seasons.

If Hamilton won the title, he would match Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio in winning five championships, with only former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher ahead on seven.

"The halo looks different but to be honest we tried it past year and it wasn't a big difference", Raikkonen said.

The four-time world champion made the commitment at the launch of the team's 2018 auto, the W09, in front of invited guests at a bone-chilling Silverstone yesterday.

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This year, though, Hamilton reckons Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo could play a bigger part in the tussle having seen Red Bull close the gap in the latter half of 2017.

The Briton spoke of his hunger, even if he still has some weight to lose before the first race, and commitment as well as the joys of his longest break in a decade.

Despite perennial media murmurings over Hamilton's F1 future, both the Englishman and Mercedes chief Toto Wolff indicated at the team's launch that a new contract for the 33-year-old beyond 2018 was imminent. "With this auto, it's designed into it so you shouldn't see it when you're driving". "What we showed here is not the same element as a year ago - it is something more developed".

"We've tried to retain the strengths".

So what exactly did the world champion get up to since signing off from post-season testing in December?

"It is not a case of "I've got to go to the gym so you sulk on the way to the gym".

Hamilton said he had spent his winter in Los Angeles, Colorado, Japan and most recently Hawaii, where he surfed with champion surfer Kelly Slater.


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