Having struggled for pace for the second consecutive weekend, Sebastian Vettel feels that although Ferrari’s results haven’t been successful, the team are learning to improve on future races.

The Scuderia again finished behind main rivals Red Bull Racing at the German Grand Prix, as both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen secured a podium finish while Vettel finished 20 seconds behind in fifth position.

“I think the last couple of races have been harsh and tough for us, but very very useful,” Vettel said after the race.

“I think we understood a lot about our car strength and weaknesses about our car, so we know what to focus on, so yeah it wasn’t entirely clear after the first couple of races but it became more and more evident, obviously it’s a harsh way to find out, not being competitive and not as competitive as we want to.”

While many teams have already shifted their focus towards 2017 and the massive change in aerodynamics the new regulations will introduce, Vettel still feels confident Ferrari can resolve the issues that are currently plaguing the car’s performance and hinted at future developments for the car later in the season.

“I think we know what to do, obviously it’s not going to change overnight but there’s a plan and I think the second half we should be stronger in that regard. It also depends on what other people do but for that we focus on ourselves.

“There’s some stuff coming which has always been the plan but also like everyone else we are preparing big time for 2017. Obviously it’s a different project, the cars will be very different but there’s still some things that we can learn and understand this year, like I just mentioned the lessons we found the last couple of races which will help us next year.”

Vettel also conceded that he made a mistake during the race when he ignored the team’s request to pit. Instead, Vettel stayed out on the super softs to maximise the life of the tyres so he wouldn’t have to run a long stint at the end of the race.

“I just had a look at that now and I think I did a mistake because we could have had a chance to put the cars in front under more pressure,” Vettel continued.

“We were talking about it a long time in the race, I don’t know how much it was broadcasted or not, but yeah as I said before we were obviously not so great at the end of the stints and struggling a bit with the tyres, and obviously I didn’t want to make the last stint too long for that reason. Arguably I was too conservative.”

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