Giv­ing up not an op­tion for dis­ap­pointed Vettel

The Straits Times - - FRONT PAGE - F1 BRAZIL­IAN GP

SAO PAULO Se­bas­tian Vettel ad­mit­ted that he was dis­ap­pointed that Mercedes’ Lewis Hamil­ton had clinched this year’s For­mula One driv­ers’ ti­tle in Mex­ico with two races re­main­ing, but said he re­mained mo­ti­vated for the fu­ture.

“Ob­vi­ously, the last race was a tough one to swal­low and prob­a­bly the win­ter will be as well,” said the Fer­rari driver ahead of to­day’s Brazil­ian Grand Prix.

“But giv­ing up is not an op­tion... You never know what the next year brings or whether you get an­other chance.”

Look­ing back on this year, in which his ti­tle chal­lenge faded in the sec­ond half of the sea­son, the four-time world cham­pion added: “A lot of stuff hap­pened this year and we will, as a team and as an in­di­vid­ual, be able to learn from it and raise the bar next year.

“Ob­vi­ously, along the way, some­thing went wrong and we need to learn from it. But I still have a mis­sion here and I still want to win.”

Team­mate Kimi Raikko­nen con­grat­u­lated Hamil­ton on his fifth world ti­tle, but also warned that Fer­rari are go­ing all out to stop Mercedes com­plet­ing a For­mula One cham­pi­onship dou­ble in Brazil.

The Finn con­ceded that Fer­rari are not in a strong po­si­tion – they trail Mercedes by 55 points in the con­struc­tors’ stand­ings with two races to go – but made it clear they will not be giv­ing up.

“Ob­vi­ously, we’re not in a good po­si­tion, but we’re still in it and we’ll do our best,” he said.

Results of yes­ter­day’s qual­i­fy­ing were not avail­able at press time.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ric­cia­rdo will have a five-place grid penalty for to­day’s race, af­ter his team re­placed the tur­bocharger on his car’s power unit. Stew­ards said the sixth new tur­bocharger ex­ceeded the driver’s per­mit­ted al­lo­ca­tion.

The Brazil­ian GP has no bear­ing on the con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onship for Red Bull, who can­not over­take Fer­rari for sec­ond place or lose out on third. Sing­tel TV Ch114 & StarHub Ch208, to­mor­row, 12.30am

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