Vettel: Singapore the turning point, not Germany

Published on 29 Oct 2018 12:30

Sebastian Vettel believes that Singapore was the turning point for the championship against Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton wrapped up his fifth title on Sunday, crossing the line in fourth place at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Hamilton has held the championship lead ever since the German Grand Prix in July. That race saw the Briton win from 14th on the grid after Vettel crashed out when rain began to fall. After the summer break, Hamilton won four in a row from Italy to Japan.

At the Singapore Grand Prix, Vettel was the clear favourite for the weekend as historically, it wasn't a circuit that favoured Mercedes. But Hamilton produced a stunning lap in qualifying and went on to complete the win, which Vettel has highlighted as the turning point for the championship.

"For me it was more Singapore," he said. "I think from Singapore onwards we just didn't have the pace to keep up with Mercedes for a couple of races and then obviously some other things happened on top that didn't help and we couldn't score the points due to mistakes that we did and the mistakes that I did."

Vettel's championship hopes unravelled as the second half of the season wore on after he was involved in a series of spins in Italy, Japan and the US. Despite Germany being the stand out lowest moment in Vettel's year, he says he can't be too hard on himself for what happened.

"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 [to do it] as well [because of the waiting gravel trap].

"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. So, yeah, seeing that I struggled in the last couple of weeks, just for pace and speed, that was probably more defining than that."

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as well [because of the waiting puddle]. He was over 9 seconds ahead of the entire field.
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Respect to Vettell - true gent congratulation Lewis and the Mercedes garage - class.
US ajpennypacker 29 Oct 2018 21:170
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For all the mistakes and weaknesses he's shown in his driving, I must admit that since 2018 started, his character has been near perfect. No red mist, no losing his s**t on the radio, no engaging in mind games. He didn't even come down hard on Max when Max was driving stupidly. The exhibition of sportsmanship yesterday was great to see as well. He's also been a good Ferrari soldier that never criticizes the team and gives political answers to everything implying the team did something wrong.

I must, however, disagree that the breaking point was Singapore. Because he still had a car good enough to be at the very worst, 2nd in every race. But instead he made all sorts of mistakes. Also, lets not forget about the 2 or 3 wins he threw away at the beginning of the season.
SE calle.itw 30 Oct 2018 16:350
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He has matured, as have Hammy, I think. I also think Vettel, despite being let down by strategy this year, has handled the critique against Ferrari in a good way.

Im in between the two stances: I think Germany was the turning point, but it was at Singapore that we managed to get to the point of no return.

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