Sebastian Vettel accepts that he failed in his mission to be Formula 1 World Champion with Ferrari and admits, with the benefit of hindsight that things could have been smoother.
The four-times world champion will depart Maranello at the end of this season to begin his next chapter as an Aston Martin driver who genuinely was not sure how many wins and poles he had in the top flight.
During a Beyond the Grid podcast, Seb reflected on his time in Red since he joined the team in 2015, “I don’t think I will go on having any regrets looking back.
“It is true that I have failed because I set myself the mission of the target to win the world championship with Ferrari, I have failed; I didn’t manage to do that,” revealed the easy-going German.
“There are things that I should have done better, things that maybe I should have seen earlier, fights that maybe I shouldn’t have picked. But then again, I think everything that happened brought me to where I am now.
“I’m generally not talking about stuff that happens on the track now, losing the car in Hockenheim in sort of half-wet, half-dry conditions. Many people point that one out as a low point, but not talking about things like that.
“I think that looking back [the fights] weren’t worth fighting. You see what I mean?
“But again part of it was probably in my nature and it was natural to do so, and I think I had a point as well in some of these little fights and battles, whatever, but yeah I think ultimately that’s how you mature and how you learn.”
“If I’m fair and harsh, then I have failed. Were there reasons? Probably yes but I don’t accept them as excuses. Whatever happened also I guess put me on the next step forward and the next level to focus on the next thing.
“Again I think the important bit is I don’t have the sense of regret. I’m happy to move on…” added the 33-year old with 53 Grand Prix victories to his name, 14 of them for the Scuderia.
Seb was unceremoniously dumped by Ferrari this earlier this year and opted for his only real lifeline to remain in the top flight in 2021 (or take an enforced sabbatical) with the ambitious Racing Point project that will morph into Aston Martin for next season.