Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari will find it easier to fight for the world championship again next year as it has a number of areas it can improve on.
Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth drivers’ title on Sunday in Mexico, with Vettel’s challenge having faded following the end of the European season. That success came one race after Mercedes had secured the constructors’ championship for a fourth season in a row since Vettel and Red Bull triumphed in 2013.
Asked how he will deal with four years since winning his last championship, Vettel replied: “I don’t know, I don’t think you can know the answer now.
“You never know what happens. Maybe I fall off the bus next week and break my leg. I don’t hope that but… I don’t know. It’s not the way I look at it – I don’t count the days. I want to win the world championship with Ferrari. That’s my goal. Having to realize it didn’t work out this year is tough.
“What the next years bring, I don’t know. I think we still have a lot in us as a team and a lot we can improve on. That should make it easier to fight for it again.”
Looking at where the title was lost, Vettel insisted there was no one moment that cost him the championship but highlighted retirements in Singapore and Japan as races where Hamilton took full advantage.
“In the end, you have 20 races; we’ve had 18 so far. You add the points up and it’s not enough. What does it matter in the end? I’m not a big fan of pointing fingers in one race. We had two races that we didn’t finish and Lewis won both of them. They were the most costly.
“But it’s normal you have the feeling here and there that you could have got a bit more. Whether it’s realistic or not, I don’t know. As I said, it doesn’t change anything now.”
Vettel has not won a race since the Hungarian Grand Prix in August – a run of seven races – while Hamilton has taken five wins in that time, finishing second to Max Verstappen in Malaysia before securing the championship with ninth place in Mexico.