Its been a taxing season already for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The German driver has had two DNFs in six races this year. Luckily, he’s had four top fours in the remaining races with a third in Australia, a second in China, a third in Spain and a fourth in the last race in Monaco. But, for a driver that became accustomed to winning, the lack of wins is taking a toll on the four-time world champion.
From 2009-2013, Vettel won 38 Grand Prix’s, but the last two years, he has just two wins as both came last year with Ferrari.
In fact, Vettel hasn’t won a Formula 1 event in 13 races, as he’s determined to end that drought sooner rather than later. He said ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix on Thursday afternoon from the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, that he expects Ferrari to be more competitive the rest of the season with the technical upgrades that they will debut as he even thinks the extra power could help as soon as this weekend.
Well, after two practice sessions from the track on Friday, another one on Saturday and then the qualifying session this afternoon, I’d say he’s definitely got a shot at winning Ferrari’s first race in Montreal in over a decade.
Vettel was third quickest in the opening session Friday morning but backed that up with being second quickest on the speed charts in the second and final session of the day yesterday afternoon.
Then on Saturday, Vettel led the way in practice this morning and backed that up with qualifying his No. 5 Ferrari third for tomorrow’s race.
He had a car with good handling and a ton of speed in it, as he’s right up there challenging with the Mercedes drivers today for supremacy in Canada. Will that translate over to good fortunes on Sunday?
That remains to be seen, but this weekend has to feel like a win for him.