Vettel's title ambition remains

01 March 2018 13:52:33 EST

Sebastian Vettel admits it has been too long since Ferrari tasted world championship success and he aims to end the drought this season.

The four-time drivers' champ last sampled the ultimate glory in 2013 with Red Bull but he's got ambitions of dislodging Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton from their perch this term.

Vettel led the Drivers' Championship for much of the first half of last season but his challenge faded latterly.

A series of setbacks derailed his effort but pre-season predictions are suggesting Ferrari can close the gap on Mercedes in their quest for a first championship triumph since 2008.

It has been too long says Vettel, 5/4 to be world champion this season, and he craves the chance to end the drought.

"It's inevitable that everyone gets older but it's always too long if more than a year goes," he said of his title wait.

"You want to make sure you bring it back. That's our ambition and target to bring the championships back to Maranello."

Hamilton and Vettel enjoyed a prickly relationship at times last season and the German expects things may not change dramatically in the coming months.

"Pretty much the same," he said their likely relationship in 2018.

"I think Mercedes is the favourite going into this year, so if we can be close - very close - closer than last year then that would be great.

"But it's a long year. Now it's March and we keep going to the end of November. So it's a long time from here to the end of the season."

Hamilton is 8/11 to win his fifth title this season, while Ferrari are 5/2 to take the Constructors' crown.

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