Anything still possible, says Vettel
22 April 2014 – Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has not given up on taking his fifth Formula 1 Drivers' title this season, despite the dominance of Mercedes.
Vettel has taken just one podium so far this year, when he was third in Malaysia and following the Chinese Grand Prix last weekend, where he finished fifth and was again outperformed by new team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, he sits fifth in the 2014 F1 Drivers' Championship with just 33 points on the board, 46 behind current leader, Nico Rosberg.
"For sure not easy - definitely not a walk in the park as we still cannot think about catching up with Mercedes," Vettel told the official F1 site when asked how he sees his championship chances after the first four races.
"Then again [on the other hand], the season is not over - at least I have not heard that yet - so we are still facing a long year. So anything should be possible - still!" he added. "The truth is that we have a great car, and now we need to work on the upgrades and implement them in the best possible way to make sure we get more power out of the [Renault] engine."
Vettel meanwhile reiterated that he doesn't feel at one with the new RB10: "I am not yet where I want to be, and I'm pretty much fighting with the car," he continued. "It is an ongoing process. Sometimes it feels that we are making one step forward, but then also one backward again."
"Hopefully we are able to make some steps into the right direction for the upcoming races [starting with the Spanish Grand Prix]," he concluded.