How Ferrari can produce an overnight miracle

How Ferrari can produce an overnight miracle

Ferrari needs to win at Sochi - that's the bottom line. It looked a long way from being in a position to do so on Friday, but a repeat of the "miracle" turnaround Sebastian Vettel enjoyed in the Canadian Grand Prix in June might not be as far off as it appears

History tells us Sochi is Mercedes territory. Not only has it won all the Formula 1 races there in the world championship era, but Benz machinery also won both of the little-remembered pre-World War 1 Russian Grands Prix in St Petersburg. The present tells a similar story.

But there's a bigger, more significant tale in the fight for the world championship, because Ferrari simply did not look at the races during Friday practice. After winning June's Canadian GP, Sebastian Vettel described Ferrari's turnaround after day one of practice as "a miracle" - and for the sake of his world championship chances he needs another this weekend.

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