Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel recently said that his biggest mistake during his failed 2017 Formula One title bid was Baku, at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. His rival Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the championship two weeks ago in Mexico, and Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel admits it was a “very” disappointing outcome, after a positive first half of the 2017 Formula One season. But he told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport:
“It is already time to turn the page. There are still two races where we will think about 2018. And there is still the second place (battle with Valtteri Bottas) to defend and 50 points still available,” he added, as reported by the Italian media ahead of the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow.
After the disappointing championship defeat, Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne said some of the reason was car reliability, and another part was due to driver errors. Sebastian Vettel, referring to when he controversially crashed into Lewis Hamilton, responded: “I was really wrong only in Baku. The rest of the season went well enough.” – the German driver explained.
Sebastian Vettel has also said that recent comments by Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne are “fair enough” as the Scuderia continues the post mortem into its 2017 season collapse. A lot of focus has been on Ferrari’s reliability problems in recent races, but Marchionne said he also felt “driver error” was to blame, too, with Vettel involved in a number of high-profile incidents throughout the season. And Vettel seems to have accepted that partial blame: “I think it’s fair enough” – Vettel said when asked about Marchionne’s comments. “I think there are always things that you could do a bit different. Overall, I think we can all agree that we didn’t have the season, up to this point, that we could’ve had or should’ve had for various reasons.”
Looking ahead to the penultimate race of the season, Sebastian Vettel is cautiously optimistic that Ferrari can get back to winning ways: “I think we have a chance to win the race,” Vettel added – “We should always look at the chance we have ahead and I think we have a chance. Obviously it depends on what’s going on, how the weekend goes as I’ve said before, but I think generally that’s something to look forward to if you have a chance to win.” – the four-time Formula One world champion concluded.