Ferrari chief expects progress

19 December 2017 10:18:50 EST

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne says he fully expects his team to improve and Sebastian Vettel to mount a serious challenge for the Drivers' Championship.

The Scuderia looked like they were going to push Mercedes all the way for the titles in 2017 but a disappointing run of results saw Lewis Hamilton claim the Drivers' Championship and the Silver Arrows secure the Constructors' Championship.

With Ferrari now building towards 2018, Marchionne is positive his team are moving in the right direction and feels Vettel will be able to bounce back from the disappointment of 2017.

"In 2018 I expect a lot more from the team," Marchionne said. "I have no doubt we will be fighting for the title again."

He added: "With a competitive car, the responsibility is his (Vettel). You don't win four championships if you are not a champion."

Ferrari's 2018 car will be unveiled online on 22nd February the official start of pre-season testing on 26th February.

Meanwhile fellow Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen is 2000/1 to win the 2018 Drivers' Championship with Hamilton 1/500 to win a fifth world title and Vettel priced at 50/1.

The 2018 season begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in March and concludes in Abu Dhabi in November.

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