Abu Dhabi GP: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel says he must improve in 2020

By Andrew Benson

Chief F1 author at Yas Marina

Sebastian Vettel’s failure to squawk a podium enact at Abu Dhabi intended he accomplished within the serve of Ferrari crew-mate Charles Leclerc within the 2019 Drivers’ Championship

Sebastian Vettel says he “must enact greater and would possibly per chance well enact greater” in 2020 after a cosmopolitan season for Ferrari.

The four-time champion admitted after the season-ending Abu Dhabi Broad Prix that it “wasn’t a tall year from my aspect”, after a series of errors.

Vettel used to be additionally out-performed by new crew-mate Charles Leclerc on each metric over the season as a complete.

“I will also’ve done a greater job so I heed at myself and address the aspects that also can unruffled be addressed,” stated Vettel.

He admitted he had made too many errors this season, a reference to high-profile errors at a call of races.

The most glaring beget been going off the note while leading the Canadian Broad Prix and incurring a penalty for impeding Lewis Hamilton on rejoining, which demoted him from victory to 2d; crashing into the serve of Max Verstappen’s Crimson Bull on the British Broad Prix; and spinning off on his delight in in Italy earlier than colliding with Racing Level’s Lance Stroll when attempting to rejoin.

Vettel’s closing space of fifth within the drivers’ championship is his lowest since 2014

“I had a couple of errors I mustn’t make,” Vettel stated. “It is never any longer rocket science. It is repeatedly within the detail and little adjustments.

“I make no longer favor to substitute how I power – I know the scheme to power.

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“I make no longer impart it used to be as despicable because it appears to be like to be because there beget been many little things resulting in a no longer tall characterize within the tip however I am the major to heed at myself and if I’m real I know I will enact greater.

“That is the goal for next year – to enact a step ahead and hopefully we salvage a stronger equipment to fight with Mercedes and Ferrari within the entrance.

“It has been a long year. I am moderately chuffed to terminate it here after which salvage some new vitality for next year.”

Vettel has been out-scored by Leclerc this season in championship aspects, wins, pole positions, and on their qualifying head-to-head.

Leclerc stated he used to be “overjoyed” along with his first season at Ferrari in finest his 2d year in F1.

But he admitted: “I did a couple of errors, which counted for moderately quite a bit on the tip of the season. I will address them and compare out to realize serve sturdy. I am moderately optimistic this would possibly per chance well finest increase from here on.”

“I am chuffed [with the season]. Need to you would beget told me I’d beget seven poles and 10 podiums I haven’t got believed you.”

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Beating Vettel is a tall teach – Leclerc

Vettel stated that Ferrari as a complete wanted to toughen if they wanted to make their ambition of a success the championship.

“It hasn’t been the year we wanted,” he stated. “The explanations are obvious, the classes are obvious. Now it’s as a lot as us to capture them on board.

“We weren’t as sturdy as we wanted to be. Our equipment wasn’t appropriate sufficient. All of us doubtlessly didn’t blueprint to their stage at cases.

“The factory is flat out and the next vehicle within reason great done. We’re going to heed where we’re no longer year. A total lot of labor sooner than us, there would possibly per chance be a gap we favor to terminate. So we favor to enact a greater job over the iciness than the total others.”

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