Ferrari was left "disappointed and angry" by its display in Sunday's Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix after failing to score any points, according to team principal Mattia Binotto.
Following Binotto's comments, Vettel said that while he hoped the issues would prove to be "Spa-specific", Ferrari had to remain realistic of its chances heading to its home races in Italy at Monza and Mugello next month.
In 2019, Vettel held off Lewis Hamilton to help his teammate Leclerc to score the first win of his career, and ended in 5th position. That team's play made him drop only 26 seconds behind the pace setter. Sunday, Sebastian Vettel was almost 73 seconds behind the winning car of Hamilton. An abysmal gap in F1, one no one would expect from a team of the stature of Ferrari.
Despite these gloom results, the German champion remains in a positive mindset, and is keen to tackle the challenges the car is currentling posing: "We have to work hard, as there are a lot of lessons this weekend, so we have to make sure we stay strong, stay together and do the best that we can".
"We have two important races coming up for the team in the next two weeks so that is where we focus, but we also have to be realistic as we cannot expect miracles."
"The package is what it is, we are not as strong as we would like to be, so we need to stay optimistic and see the good things, even if at the minute there are not many"