Vettel: Points lead in summer 'a dream'
10 August 2017 – Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has labelled his 14-point title advantage as a "dream", following his strong start to the 2017 Formula 1 campaign, as he bids for a fifth championship.
Vettel has taken four Grands Prix wins this year, in Australia, Bahrain, Monaco and Hungary, to open an advantage over Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Expanding on Ferrari's return to the front in 2017, after recent struggles, he expressed delight that the team "just worked" at the factory, rather than get caught up in speculation.
"It's what I dream about, to be honest," Vettel said of his mid-season advantage.
"I want to win, so that's where you want to be. I don't have very precise dreams in terms of gaps, points and stuff like that.
"I think all in all, the mission has been to get back to the top, so obviously we had a great year, I'm only two-and-a-half years in with the team.
"I think we had a great year in 2015, which helped to get the project going.
"2016 was difficult, I think, for many reasons, but I think it was a great year to set things up, a lot of change for the team.
"Over the winter I think we were the team that made the least noise.
"There was a lot of talk about the new cars and the new regulations and how it will favour one team over the other and how it will bring back other teams and so on.
"I was very happy that we just worked, we just kept to ourselves and did the job."
Vettel recently commented that he is confident Ferrari will be able to keep pace with Mercedes in the development battle after the summer break.