Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari still need some time before they can consider themselves to be on a par with Mercedes.
Following a difficult 2014 F1, the Ferrari have come out as one of the sport’s major forces, with Vettel winning in Malaysia, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finished second last week in Bahrain.
Their form means they now appear to be Mercedes’ biggest rivals and are only expected to get better ahead of next month’s Spanish GP.
But, the German is keen to ensure Ferrari do not lose focus, insisting that they have a lot of work to do before they can feel confident about their chances of matching the Silver Arrows.
“Obviously, the target is to catch Mercedes from where we are because we seem to be the team right behind them,” said Vettel.
“They had a very, very strong season last year and had a strong build-up to this year, so I think it is amazing to see how good we are already.
“It will take a while before we are a decent match. Every weekend that is coming, we try to put more and more pressure on if we can.”
Vettel now only 27 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton and that Ferrari can be pleased with its performances so far.
There is plenty of stuff that we need to do and need to improve, that is where my focus is,” said Vettel.”That is our best chance, to look at performing well this year and at having the strongest chance for the championship.
“It is April, it is time to keep our feet on the ground. We are not favourites, we know that, but I think up until this stage we surprised a lot of people. We know that we can do well and we know that we can do better.”