F1: Ferrari has exceeded expectations, says Vettel

(AGI) Rome, Oct 16 - Sebastian Vettel has just finished hisfirst year with Ferrari, competing in 15 Grand Prix races. Thistime last year, he was coming to the end of his stint with RedBull, for whom he won four Grand Prix championship titles.Things are looking even more promising than expected both forFerrari and for Vettel, with three races won, another eightpodium places and a second place in the rankings. In anexclusive interview with Formula1.com, he said he had enjoyedhis time at Red Bull: "The four titles speak volumes. For sure,2014 was

(AGI) Rome, Oct 16 - Sebastian Vettel has just finished hisfirst year with Ferrari, competing in 15 Grand Prix races. Thistime last year, he was coming to the end of his stint with RedBull, for whom he won four Grand Prix championship titles.Things are looking even more promising than expected both forFerrari and for Vettel, with three races won, another eightpodium places and a second place in the rankings. In anexclusive interview with Formula1.com, he said he had enjoyedhis time at Red Bull: "The four titles speak volumes. For sure,2014 was not a nice season. I was not performing the way Iwanted to perform - and if that happens it is more honest toshow your feelings and not hide behind a fake smile. So aboutthe same time last year I understood that it was time to moveon. And the stage I am at now proved me right. I am very happywith how things worked out. Sure, when I joined Ferrari therewas never any guarantee in terms of results, but now it is niceto know that we've exceeded all kinds of expectations,including mine - maybe." Asked when he left the Red Bullfamily at the end of 2014 "could you have foreseen thesituation they are in right now? Uncertainty over engine supplyand even speculation about their leaving the sport ...", Vettelreplied "No, nobody could. There are a lot of rumours in theair and I have not spoken with Mr Mateschitz lately, but it ishard to believe that it could really happen. It would mean ahuge loss. But in the end I doubt that it will happen. That'smy position - and I don't think I stand alone on it." He thendenied that there was always some drama going on at Ferrari:"Former Scuderia driver Niki Lauda used the term 'grandecasino' - big chaos - for the intense moments in the team.Ferrari is the biggest of all the teams we have in the paddock.It has been there from the very beginning of F1. It is thehistory, the drivers ... there is something outstanding aboutFerrari. So it was a dream come true when I joined - andagainst all odds the first year so far has been amazing. So nodramas so far!" In response to the interviewer's remark "But itis different ...", Vettel said: "But that goes for all theteams. Every team has its own unique DNA. Here it's much abouta family atmosphere. The Italians have something special aboutthem. My summary is: I like it!" (AGI). .