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Published: 15:38 | 19/2/16

Vettel wants step up


Sebastian Vettel is confident the SF16-H will help the team take the difficult step and beat Mercedes to the championship in 2016.

With the first pre-season test of the winter scheduled to begin a Barcelona on Monday, Ferrari unveiled their 2016 challenger on Friday afternoon.

Vettel won three races during his debut season with the Prancing Horse to finish third in the Drivers' Championship behind Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and the four-time world champion believes the SF16-H is the car to help the team challenge for the title.

"I think naturally goals are growing. We had a fantastic year last year, my first season with the team, so naturally we all want more. Last year we finished second in the constructors' championship, so it's only one more step, which is a difficult one to take, but hopefully this is one that helps us achieve it," Vettel said.

"We have improved in many areas when I came in, more or less this time last year, with a lot of people changing their position and in new positions. I think [the launch] was a difficult time to really have some expectations, now we have had a better winter to prepare and therefore I think we will be a strong team as we have seen last year, but even stronger this year."

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has stressed the importance of challenging for the title in 2016.

"Last year the objective was three victories and we got it, but this year we need to push a bit more and we at least want to fight until the end of the season for the championship," the team boss said.

"I know that is not going to be easy because our competitors are not sleeping at all and we have to look at what they are doing, but for sure we are all committed to do our best."


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