Sebastian Vettel says he is nonetheless dedicated to his private “mission” of profitable a title with Ferrari, regardless of one other disappointing season with the Italian crew.
Vettel has missed out on the championship twice within the final two years regardless of having a automobile able to difficult rivals Mercedes for victories. This season was his finest likelihood of profitable a title with Ferrari, however a sequence of errors within the second half of the yr put the championship past his attain and allowed Lewis Hamilton to say the 2018 crown in Mexico two weeks in the past.
Vettel joined Ferrari in 2015 — following within the footsteps of his boyhood hero Michael Schumacher — however up to now has fallen wanting emulating the seven-time world champion’s success.
“I still have a mission here and I still want to win — that hasn’t changed,” he stated. “Obviously the last race [when Vettel was ruled out of title contention in Mexico] was a tough one to swallow and probably the winter will be as well, but giving up is not an option.”
Vettel is a 4-time world champion and has completed second within the drivers’ championship on three events. He stated his first expertise of coming second, with Red Bull in 2009 to Jenson Button and Brawn GP, was nonetheless essentially the most painful.
“I’ve been 3 times able like that in ’17, ’09 and this yr. Probably ’09 was the worst one and the bottom level. You by no means know what the subsequent yr brings and whether or not you get one other likelihood.
“Obviously I labored very laborious for it and I am assured it should come however you possibly can’t predict. None of these moments have been good.”