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Published: 10:29 | 22/6/18

Vettel says Ferrari confident for F1 triple header

​Sebastian Vettel is bullish about Ferrari's prospects ahead of the French Grand Prix.

As with the other teams, this week's return to Paul Ricard is a step into the unknown for Ferrari, something that Vettel acknowledges.

However, many believe that the team's tyres are better-equipped than some of their foes for the challenge.

Vettel took the last race in Canada by ending a mini-barren streak to claim Ferrari's first victory in five races and his third of the season.

Asked to assess the mood inside the Maranello camp on their arrival in France, Vettel said: "A lot of races coming in the next couple of weeks but generally it's positive. 

"If you look back and look at the big picture, we've had seven races and we've won three of them. So it's not bad. 

"The fact we have been competitive in most of them makes us quite confident for the next races. In some races you find yourself being more competitive than others, probably [for Ferrari] you can pick Canada versus Spain. Spain was probably our least-competitive race. 

"It's normal to have ups and to have downs but we're working hard to have more ups than downs. It's wise to go step-by-step."

Vettel also downplayed suggestions Ferrari's car would struggle again. "All those [questions] have been answered after the race in Barcelona and the test. I don't think it makes a difference, it's the same for all of us," he said. 

"It's a lot more difficult here to know what to expect because we've never been here properly. Same with all the teams at the same time on the same track layout - because there's quite a lot here! - so we will see how we get going."

The French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, near Marseille will be shown live on eir Sport 1 on Sunday, 24 June [start time 3.10pm Irish time].

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