Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's a 'Moust'-Win for Vettel as He Targets Hamilton; Title Hopeful Inspired by Ex-Champion Mansell

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's a 'Moust'-Win for Vettel as He Targets Hamilton; Title Hopeful Inspired by Ex-Champion Mansell

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AMOUSTACHIOED Sebastian Vettel is taking inspiration from Nigel Mansell as he plots his championship fightback against Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain.

Vettel has grown facial hair reminiscent of Mansell, the 1992 Formula One world champion.

"I like Nigel," said Vettel with a grin when asked if his new look was in tribute to Britain's gung-ho hero.

"He is a great person, and he was a lion in the car."

A fortnight ago in Melbourne, Ferrari's Vettel was more domestic cat than king of the jungle.

The form book from testing indicated the famous Italian team would lead the way at Albert Park.

Instead, they were subjected to a bruising defeat by Mercedes, with Vettel crossing the line fourth, a minute behind winner Valtteri Bottas. An inquest behind the gates of Ferrari's famous Maranello base followed, and on the evidence of yesterday's running, it appears to have discovered the necessary answers.

Under the lights of the Sakhir circuit, Vettel posted the night's fastest time, with an advantage of more than half a second over Hamilton, who finished third.

"From the team's point of view, I bloody hope Melbourne was a oneoff," added Vettel.

"I drove a car in winter testing that I really liked and I didn't have much to moan or complain about, and we went to Australia and it wasn't there."

This is an important campaign for the four-time world champion, who was hired by Ferrari to end a title drought which stretches back to 2008.

At the conclusion of last year, Vettel's reputation was in tatters as he failed to live with the brilliance of Hamilton, and a series of championshipcrushing mistakes ensued.

Just as in 2017, the Mercedes star wrapped up the title with two rounds in his pocket.

"The points gap to Lewis was bigger than we hoped," added Vettel. …

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