Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel says he is “not too fussed” by his current deficit to title rival Lewis Hamilton, having fallen adrift of the Mercedes man in Singapore. The four-time Formula One world champion led the championship through to Italy, when Lewis Hamilton pulled three points clear, and struck back with pole at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, as Hamilton lined up only fifth.
However, Sebastian was eliminated after a first-lap clash with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, while Hamilton went on to triumph, extending his title lead to 28 points. When asked whether his title prospects rested on Hamilton encountering a setback, Sebastian Vettel explained: “I don’t think we do. I think there are still a lot of races left. We have a strong car. I’m not too fussed about amount of points. Obviously it’s never good to be behind, we’d like to be in front, but we’re not, so we’ve got to take it from there. Overall it doesn’t change anything for how we tackle the last six races.” – the German driver added, as reported by the Italian media.
Sebastian Vettel also believes the clash was “part of racing” but insists he is keen to move on ahead of this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix: “I think it would have been more difficult if I had lost the car somewhere in the race, then it’s obviously different. With a collision at the start like that, I think we all three… after the race, we had to face the stewards. What can you do? The lights went off, we did our start, everyone was trying to do his start, and with the way it happened it ended up really bad for all of us. There’s not much you can do. I think it’s part of racing. It is not the first time I’m in the situation like this and probably will not be the last time – I’m not hoping for it to happen again! There’s not much point trying to look again and again. Your time and energy is more well spent looking forward.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel concluded, ahead of the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.