Mercedes won the sixth consecutive constructors’ championship, matching the Ferrari’s record from 1999 to 2004, and Lewis Hamilton is about to conquer the drivers’ championship too.
Despite approaching the Silver Arrows in terms of performance over the last three years, Ferrari has never been able to challenge constantly the Brakcley’s team.
Asked about the current gap between Ferrari and Mercedes, Sebastian Vettel evidenced that the Maranello’s team does not lack of commitment or know-how. Instead, the four-time Formula 1 World Champion, pointed out that Ferrari needs to work better as a team.
"I don't think we're lacking anything," affirmed Vettel. "I think we just need to work better.
"We are very committed, working very hard but it's not yet on the level that can be achieved.
"Obviously Mercedes have shown that in the last years that you can do better and they've been able to maintain that. I think we are not in that position."
Vettel continued, underlining that there is still room for performance improvement. Nevertheless, he is confident that Ferrari has learned about the car’s weaknesses and believes that major attention to all the small details will allow for more consistency and superior results.
"There's still room for improvement," he said. "I think we've learned a lot about our car, the weaknesses.
"We've improved it but we're still not there so... We've had a strong couple of races but overall I think we're still a little bit behind."
"If you clinch the constructors' title with four races to go there's a lot of things you do better than all the others.
"If you go into detail then you can argue what their car is maybe doing better than ours but I don't think that's the point overall. It's a team effort.
Vettel, besides, reckoned that Mercedes has been perfect in managing everything, with an extremely low number of mistakes over the last seasons.
"Obviously you can't see what they are doing but I think from the outside they are very close to perfection every time they go out on track," he said.
"So very consistent, very little mistakes. That's certainly also part of what makes them so strong.