Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel says that Ferrari will be closer to the German team, saying that Mercedes is now a favorite.
Ferrari competed for the championship with the German team during the season, while Mercedes achieved the fourth consecutive championship in the 2017 season when the rules changed.
The Italian team began their first test of the new season in Barcelona, hoping to take another step in 2018 and become champion.
Vettel acknowledged that Mercedes would be a favorite in 2018 after the first test.
"Today the conditions were a little better, but in general it's been a tough week, we hope for warmer days and tests, and we can do more testing on that.
"We hope we can make a big step like last year and everything is possible but we have to wait and see everything ... everything went well but we did a little touring. be able to evaluate. "
Hamilton said they would have a good relationship with Vettel but that the situation could change as the fight got closer.
Speaking about the subject, Vettel said, "I think almost the same thing, Mercedes starts this favorite as a favorite, but we can be closer, and if we can achieve it, then it will be great.
"This is a long process, in March, and the fight will continue until the end of November, which is a really long time slot."
Asked if he thought he had spent too much time on his last championship, Vettel said, "I do not know if you have been in your championship for more than a year now, you think it's a lot of time, but here we face a very challenging and challenging task: bringing championship cups to Maranello! " said.
"I do not want to wear a winter coat anymore!" Of course, I would like to take many tours to get a rhythm, and I want to feel the last test and tool before Australia. " gave the answer.