Sebastian Vettel has rejected the suggestion Ferrari have lost their way after being dealt a hammer blow by Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One title race.
The German, who has watched Hamilton win five of the last six races, attempted to put a positive spin on a poor run of form following his third-place finish behind the two Mercedes in Russia last weekend.
“We haven’t lost direction,” a defiant Vettel said Thursday ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.
“We have made progress — the steps that were planned were the steps that came. Maybe they have made bigger or smaller steps, but we are where we wanted to be,” added Vettel, who trails Hamilton by 50 points with just five races left this season.
“We have a strong car, but I don’t think that we had a dominant car at any point this year. At too many races, we haven’t been close enough.”
Vettel also went on the defensive when asked if this week’s Suzuka race was make-or-break in terms of his waning hopes of pipping Hamilton to a fifth world title.
“I don’t like the now or never approach,” sniffed Vettel.
“I don’t think there’s much sense in that. I didn’t know it was five out of six,” he added, referring to Hamilton’s run of victories. Read more