Vettel: Ferrari chief's criticisms of F1 driver errors 'fair enough'

Ruben Hill
November 12, 2017

The Ferrari chairman blamed its defeat in both the drivers' and constructors' championships on a mix of reliability issues and driver errors, appearing to hint at Vettel's on-track clashes in Baku and Singapore. "I was happy with my auto today, but in my last run, I was perhaps a bit too shy in braking for the first corner".

"I think we improved the vehicle for today and the weather can change quickly".

"As a team we really want to finish one-two in the championship, but I think it's not going to be easy, for sure", Bottas said.

The follow-up question was whether he agreed that he had made mistakes this year, he replied: "I think looking back Baku stands out obviously, but for the rest I think it's been okay".

Despite this, Vettel feels Ferrari has made progress with its auto this weekend, and with a positive feeling heading into the race, he is hopeful of getting ahead of Bottas and claiming his fifth win of the season.

The Baku vehicle chop was hugely controversial and earned Vettel an in-race stop-go penalty and three penalty points on his superlicence, though he avoided further punishment after taking full responsibility for the incident and apologising to the FIA.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is second overall and has won four times, including the season-opener in Australia.

Lewis Hamilton was confirmed as 2017 world champion at the last race in Mexico, wrapping up what was tipped to be a close-fought championship with two races to spare, much to Marchionne's disappointment. "It will be a long race and we will do our best".

Despite squandering its chance to win at least one title this season, Vettel says the only focus now is on finishing the season on a high note.

"I think we had all the tools this year, we just need to tidy up things and not make mistakes nor have issues on any side, not from our side as drivers or from the team side".

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