Vettel still aiming for Ferrari 'domination'
17 November 2017 – Sebastian Vettel has described the 2017 season as "very positive" in Ferrari's push to return to title-winning ways, while reiterating his desire to "dominate" Formula 1 with the manufacturer in the future.
Vettel and Ferrari challenged Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes for both championships early in the campaign, but fell away amid a disastrous run of Asian events.
Mercedes duly secured a fourth successive title in the United States, with Hamilton following a week later in Mexico, meaning Ferrari's title drought will stretch into a 10th year.
Vettel, though, bounced back with victory at last weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, bringing his and Ferrari's win tally for the season to five, its best since 2010.
Despite missing out on this year's title, Vettel remains optimistic for coming seasons.
"I think it was very positive this year," said Vettel, who recently committed to Ferrari through 2020.
"Nobody expected Ferrari to be that strong, for us to be that strong.
"We made the biggest step, there was a lot of talk about other people, but we were there from the start and also until the end – I think there are a lot of positives.
"Of course, if you miss out it sort of sucks, there's no other way, but you have to be fair as well.
"We hadn't been very competitive last year, we hadn't been very good developing the car, and we've made massive progress this year.
"Even if you look at the chance that maybe you missed, you have to give credit to all the people, to all the team for the step that we made.
"I think we can all feel that we're getting stronger, so hopefully we can carry that strength into the next couple of years, not just next year, not just the winter, but also the future.
"I think our objective is to bring Ferrari back properly, get there and dominate."
Ferrari last won a title in 2008, when it claimed the Constructors' crown, while Kimi Räikkönen remains the Scuderia's most recent Drivers' champion, with his 2007 triumph.