Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has suggested that he is his own worst enemy ahead of this Sunday’s Singapore GP. Vettel currently sits 30 points adrift of rival Lewis Hamilton in the Driver’s Championship standings, despite Ferrari boasting the fastest car of the 2018 season, and with just seven races remaining, the German must now significantly step up his game. But is Vettel suffering from a lack of confidence?
For many F1 experts, 2018 was to be the season that Ferrari finally returned to the top of the pile. Following 10 seasons of disappointment and an extended period of domination by rivals Mercedes, the Scuderia appeared to have the faster car, the correct tactical approach, and a genuine hunger for victory.
Sebastian Vettel began the 2018 on a high, claiming back-to-back victories in Australia and Bahrain. The German managed to remain in contention for the title until in the mid point of the summer when he claimed a stunning victory at Silverstone; however, during the following race at Hockenheim, Vettel’s slim Championship lead over Lewis Hamilton was to quickly disappear.
Having led for much of the race, the 31-year-old crashed out with just 15 laps remaining, allowing Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to grant Mercedes a one two finish. Vettel cut a frustrated figure at the side of the track, yelling furiously down his team radio, before offering a teary apology to his teammates.
While Vettel has managed to quickly move on from his disaster at the Hockenheimring, there have been numerous suggestions that the German has been lacking in confidence in recent weeks. Vettel has now opened up about his hopes for the remainder of the season, and his current mindset.
“It’s pretty straightforward for me. I think the biggest enemy is me,” said Vettel. “We have a great car, if I have something to play with then I think we have all the chances to do it in our way.
“Obviously he’s the leader at the moment, he’s ahead, so he’s the one to beat. But we have all the chances and how much they could be better by now and so on, that’s a different question, but 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.
“We need to look after ourselves and if we do that we have a good chance to do well, to win races and things look good.”