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Sebastian Vettel changes mental approach ahead of Melbourne

Scuderia Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel, has changed his mental approach to the SF71-H ahead of the season-opening Melbourne Grand Prix, due to be held in little less than a fortnight.

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Sebastian Vettel (pictured) puts on his helmet during 2018 Formula 1 testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Scuderia Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel, has changed his mental approach to the SF71-H ahead of the season-opening Melbourne Grand Prix, due to be held in little less than a fortnight.

On Saturday the 10th of March, Green Flag F1 reported that Vettel was reluctant to reveal his impressions of the 2018 car ahead of the first Grand Prix of the season. His team mate, Kimi Raikkonen, had also echoed these comments.

However, in an interview conducted by Ferrari on 14th of March, Vettel seems to have changed his approach toward the SF71-H, commenting, “I have confidence in our car.”

This is a major change because earlier in the week, Vettel claimed that it was “wrong” to look at the timesheet or say anything about the performance of Ferrari’s 2018 challenger.

“We are still working on some things for the first race and it’s not really possible to make any predictions based on the performance of the other teams,” he said.

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Vettel on track during 2018 Formula 1 testing.

Whereas in yesterday’s interview with Ferrari, Vettel sensationally claimed, “I think we’re starting from a good base with our SF71H car.”

“I have a lot of confidence in our team,” he continued, “I know how skilled and committed the guys in Maranello are.”

When pushed about the strong race pace of both Mercedes and Red Bull during the two Barcelona tests earlier in the month, Vettel calmly responded, “Our competitors … used one type of tyre for their race distance simulations.”

As he went on to point out, “[it] is something you can’t do in a Grand Prix.”

The interview has the sense of Vettel’s typical wit and class toward difficult questions. He’s in good spirits ahead of the Australian Grand Prix on March 25th.

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Vettel driving the SF71-H during 2018 pre-season testing.

“I can’t wait to be in Australia,” Vettel said.

The race in Australia will be the first of the 2018 season. It’ll also mark the first time that Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull will fight out on track.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton hasn’t changed his position on the competition for the upcoming race. “It’s still difficult to know exactly where we are in comparison to Red Bull and Ferrari,” he stated at the end of the final test.

He then added, “we won’t fully know that until we get to the first race.”

Formula 1 will kick off again on March 23rd with the first two practice sessions on the streets of Albert Park, Melbourne.

This will be followed by qualifying the next day and the race on Sunday the 25th.

Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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  1. lee draper

    March 15, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Sebs weaknesses are varied but he has a few ,changing his mental approach might help but its a disciplined process where you need a level head …and seb doesnt have that ,hes inpetuous ,hes ragged when on the edge and unpredictable ,he gets to affected by not getting what he wants from the car and to be honest fixing seb would be simple but ill leave that to himself .Also using visulization is fine as long as you have 100% absolute faith in the car and its behaviour , maybe thats the case who knows yet but i dont think unless seb takes on a mental approach that directly suits him hes unpredictability will always bite him on the ass. i said repeatably in the first half of last year that seb wasnt ready for a title fight especailly with another team but with failure comes strength so i beleive he,ll be stronger mentally this year but lewis is on another level mentally at the moment and that was the difference last year , stroll on Australia and lets go again

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