Sebastian Vettel is feeling the love ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Ferrari star was the main attraction for a devoted group of fans who turned up trackside in Sao Paulo as they met their main man.
The Vettels are a seven-woman strong fan club of the German driver and were thrilled to get up close and personal with him, gushing about their encounter on social media afterwards.
Feel good moment as @TVettels get to spend some time with Seb in the paddock. pic.twitter.com/0SGL9HH7Fl
So @Sky_PeterH, from @SkySportDE, has just messaged us saying that he had an interview with Seb right after us and could notice that Seb was in a pretty good mood after we had our moment together.
Heartwarming words. This is what we came for ♥️#BrazilGP #AlwaysBelieveInSeb
Vettel will be hoping a meeting with some of his most passionate followers inspires him to success in Brazil as he expressed confidence Ferrari can put its Austin woes behind it and return to “normal form” this weekend.
Ferrari failed to finish on the podium for the first time in 14 races last time out at the United States GP, with struggles for pace on race day on track leaving tit nearly a minute adrift of race winners Mercedes.
Meanwhile, the Scuderia faced accusations off the track that an FIA technical directive concerning the use of fuel-flow meters had hurt its engine power — a suggestion the team strongly denied.
A fortnight on, and Vettel believes Ferrari will be back to more competitive form around Interlagos, where he won two years ago.
“Obviously it looks like in Austin we were struggling, especially on the Sunday, for various reasons which we are still trying to understand,” he said.
“But I’m pretty confident that we can be back to our normal form here.”
Sebastian Vettel is hoping for a change in fortunes.Source:Getty Images
Ferrari was angered by comments from Red Bull rival Max Verstappen in Austin, when he suggested the Scuderia’s loss of performance was directly linked to the FIA’s ruling, but when asked for his response to the Dutchman’s claims, Vettel said: “Isn’t it a sign of our times that a lot of people have something to say? The big difference to the past is that a lot of people are being heard, whereas maybe before they were being ignored.
“Not much to say; everybody is free to say what they want. If that is what he thinks that’s what he might think, but obviously we have a different opinion.”
Nonetheless, asked if a strong result on Sunday could silence those who have questioned Ferrari’s engine advantage this year, Vettel replied: “There is nothing to silence for me, but I guess it helps.
“We want to win here and if we finish one-two I guess it has a silencing effect on that front as well. So maybe it’s a nice side-effect but our target is not to silence people, our target is to win races.”
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