Vettel aiming to win remaining six races

Published on 17 Sep 2018 11:24

After falling further behind championship rival Lewis Hamilton in the driver's standings following the Singapore Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel says that he must now aim to win the final six races of the season in order to win the 2018 title.

Vettel crossed the line in Singapore in third place, while Hamilton went on to take his seventh win of the season. The gap between the two now reads 40 points, and Vettel admits that he has to up his form in order to claim his fifth world championship.

"Obviously it’s not great when you come to the end of the championship and you’re losing points rather than making up points, but we still have a lot of races left and some time to go,” said Vettel. “I think it’s pretty straight forward that if we win every race from now, we’re safe. So that’s what we need to aim for.”

Vettel overtook Max Verstappen at the start of the race for second place, but lost that position again after Ferrari made a strategic error. The Maranello outfit called Vettel in for his first pit stop early, which saw him rejoin the circuit behind the Force India of Sergio Perez.

Vettel failed to get by Perez quickly, which allowed Verstappen to pump in fast lap times while running in clean air. After the Dutchman made his stop, he rejoined the circuit in second place ahead of Vettel - where he would stay for the remainder of the race.

“It wasn’t looking too bad,” reflected Vettel. “We had a good first lap and we tried something – being aggressive – and it didn’t work and we ended up finishing third. So finishing where we started. Once we lost that second place, it’s clear that we just need to try and figure out how to make it to the end with those tyres – 45 laps or so. It was a long way.

“Looking back, there’s something we missed. But at the time I guess it felt like the right thing to do. We went for it, we tried, but it didn’t work. If it works, then it’s great. It didn’t work, it’s not great. Simple as that,” he concluded.


Replies (8)
Posts: 294
He may not need to win all 6 - but surely H will win at leat 3 of the remaining races - I think this title is 80% won now.
US ajpennypacker 17 Sep 2018 16:140
Posts: 1507
In some ways this performance was worse than last year. There was some back luck in the crash last year. This year, they just threw it away. I think most would agree that Mercedes wasn't that much faster than the Ferrari. Hell, even Verstappen beat Sebastian.
SE calle.itw 17 Sep 2018 18:120
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And last year Mercedes got the boon of being able to upgrade their PU And retain the oil burning to boot during the last races of the season.
US ajpennypacker 17 Sep 2018 21:270
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Right... because there is no way for Ferrari to lose unless someone else is cheating. I remember similar complaints during the Red Bull years of domination.
SE calle.itw 17 Sep 2018 22:170
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Well, it didnt exactly harm Merc last year, did it?
US ajpennypacker 18 Sep 2018 00:060
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@calle We can't know with certainty, but it's fair to assume that it didn't harm them for obvious reasons. However, you are implying straight up cheating. Not just simple cheating, but they [FIA] essential gave Mercedes the championship. That's like #tinfoilhat kind of stuff @calle, come on.
SE calle.itw 18 Sep 2018 07:030
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Lets be real here: both Ferrari and Mercedes cheated that year with the oil burning. It was another borderline illegal move that the FIA clamped down on. Merc' was just allowed to continue doing it, which grind my gear more than anything. I dont blame Merc' for continuing it, I blame the FIA for not clamping down on all teams involved. So as I've said before: FIA didnt literally give them the championship, but they gave them a significant advantage that definitely helped them secure it. Thats pretty much fact.
US mcbhargav 18 Sep 2018 05:070
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