Vettel and Ferrari: their costliest errors
Azerbaijan, 29 April
Vettel started from pole and led easily until a safety-car period brought pit stops and a reshuffle as Valtteri Bottas stayed out. Desperate to regain the lead at the restart, Vettel locked up, clipped Bottas and ran wide. Hamilton inherited a win he never expected.
France, 24 june
Leading the championship, Vettel tried to do something about the all-mercedes front row but locked up going into the first corner, hit Bottas and send them both to the back of the field. Vettel recovered to finish fifth but Hamilton was untroubled at the front.
Germany, 22 july
Vettel had this one under control until, with 16 laps to go in damp conditions, he slid into the barrier. Hamilton, who had started from 14th on the grid, came through to win. This was a major turning point, Vettel having lost 25 points and Hamilton gaining another seven he didn’t expect.
italy, 2 September
Ferrari’s qualifying strategy contrived to put Kimi Räikkönen on pole instead of Vettel who, anxious to reassert himself, spun to the back of the field while fending off an attack by Hamilton. Vettel finished fourth; Hamilton won.
japan, 7 October
A wrong choice of tyres by Ferrari put Vettel on the back foot during qualifying and an attempt to make up ground in the race brought a collision with Max Verstappen. A recovery from last to sixth was overshadowed by another win for Hamilton.
united States, 21 October
Vettel was penalised three grid places for going too fast under a red flag during practice and then spinning while fighting for fourth place on the first lap.