Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari now definitively have a strong car for all circuits after claiming their first win at the Belgian GP this decade in emphatic style.
Lewis Hamilton conceded Mercedes were “blitzed” by the impressive pace of their rivals in defeat at Spa, while Toto Wolff said the reigning champions “weren’t good enough”.
“We have a good car that seems to work everywhere,” a jubilant Vettel told Sky F1 after cutting Hamilton’s title lead to 17 points with eight rounds to go.
“I don’t think the car was there right from the beginning, but we’ve got it to the point where it works everywhere and now we’re competitive.
“This year the car seems to be more robust in that regard and seems to work everywhere. We improved the package as well, so we’ve done a step forward.”
Ferrari and Vettel have now won five races this season, already as many as last year, and ended several long victory droughts in the process.
They won in Canada for the first time since 2004, Britain for the first time since 2011 and have now ended a barren run at Spa which stretched back to 2009.