Thursday, 13 september 2018, 09:28 , by Martin Macdonald
Sebastian Vettel believes that his main enemy so far in the 2018 Formula One season has been himself, with various mistakes and collisions having occurred to leave him 30 points adrift of Lewis Hamilton in the driver's championship standings ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.
In the last GP in Italy, a first-lap clash with Hamilton left Vettel towards the back of the grid, and although the Ferrari driver recovered to claim fourth, he still lost ground in the title race.
That came after errors in Baku, France, and Germany, with the German Grand Prix being surrendered by Vettel after he lost his way in the damp conditions, crashing out of contention.
He takes full responsibility for the errors, claiming his own worst any is himself.
“I think it is pretty straightforward for me. I think the biggest enemy is me and I think we have a great car," Vettel confessed.
"I have something to play with and we have all the chances to do it in our way,
“Obviously he [Hamilton] is the leader at the moment, he’s the one ahead and he is the one to beat, but I think we have all the chances and how much they could be better by now and so on is a different question.
“We still have a very good chance, and as I said, we will be our first enemy and not him as a person or them as a team. I think we need to look after ourselves and if we do that we have a good chance to do well and win races and things look good.”
Vettel cites Germany as the worst of the transgressions, but insists that he tries to not dwell too much on past mistakes.
“I think on the day it was a different story - I think it is normal that you do a lot of race and some you feel you could have done better or should have done better for different reasons,” the four-time world champion continued.
“I think there were also other races where we shouldn’t have done so well and we did. But for sure the worst one was Germany. I think most important is that I know what happened and I can explain it and then everyone is free to have their own views on what happened.
“I would have loved to win in Germany, for sure, but I’m not too bothered and I’m generally looking forward and not focusing on what we all could have done differently to avoid what happened.”