Sebastian Vettel insists Ferrari’s off the pace weekend in Singapore proved a more defining moment in its season rather than his crash at the German Grand Prix.
Vettel saw his world championship hopes for this year all but end in Mexico, as Lewis Hamilton’s fourth-place was enough to crown him world champion for a fifth time.
The German’s campaign has been blighted by endless mistakes that ultimately cost him points in the title race, but when asked if his off while leading his home race or spin on the first-lap in Monza were season-defining moments, Vettel begged to differ.
“None of the two, to be honest,” he said as quoted by RaceFans.net.
“For me it was more Singapore. I think from Singapore onwards we just didn’t have the pace to keep up with Mercedes for a couple of races.”
Ferrari were clear favourites heading into Singapore – at a track Vettel took pole in 2017, but mysteriously its performance dipped, in what was discovered in Austin to be a wrong turn on the development front.
Although this was an error by the team, Vettel admits he is partly to blame for Ferrari’s failings this season.
“Obviously some other things happened on top that didn’t help and we couldn’t score the points due to mistakes that we did, mistakes that I did,” he admitted.
“So it didn’t help.
“I can’t be too hard on myself with what happened in Germany because it’s not like… I’ve done much bigger mistakes this year but obviously it was the most costly one. Unfortunately it’s part of racing: when you push you might be sometimes pushing a little bit too hard. I chose the wrong corner as well.
“But anyway, it’s behind me and I’m not really thinking about that too much. I consider it part of racing and it happens to others as well. But seeing that struggle in the last couple of weeks, just for pace and speed was probably more defining than that.”