Vettel: You cannot always be the best

Sebastian Vettel before the race at Silverstone

Sebastian Vettel before the race at Silverstone

Quadruple F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel is targeting a podium finish at his home race next weekend, 12 months after he won the German Grand Prix for the first and only time in his career.

The German has had a difficult first half to 2014 after his four consecutive drivers’ titles, and last weekend was beaten yet again by Red Bull newcomer Daniel Ricciardo.

Asked how he dealt with the latest setback at Silverstone, world champion Vettel joked: “I had a refreshing shave this morning.”

The 27-year-old, speaking at an event for his sponsor, the shaving brand Braun, added, “On Monday you’re a little down, on Tuesday you’re a bit better.”

Sebastian Vettel won the 2013 German GP

Sebastian Vettel won the 2013 German GP

He played down the likelihood of a victory at Hockenheim next weekend, “Mercedes is in a very, very strong position. but the podium is the target.”

Asked if he is struggling to deal with the situation in the context of his earlier successes, he insisted: “There is no reason not to be motivated. You cannot always be the best. But you can do your best. Others have just done a better job than we have.”

Vettel said that Red Bull are working hard to return to the top, “It will be a lot of little steps, not just a big one. It’s obviously hard work, but then it feels even better when you succeed.”

At this stage last year Vettel had won three races, but this year has yet to stand on the top step of the podium. He trails his teammate Daniel Ricciardo by 28 points in the championship. (GMM)