Connect with us

F1 top news

Vettel admits not wanting to spoil title fight

Published

on

Vettel admits not wanting to spoil title fight

Vettel admits not wanting to spoil title fight

Sebastian Vettel has admitted he was careful in the closing laps of the Abu Dhabi finale to not ruin the battle for the 2016 world championship.

However, the Ferrari driver denied that he deliberately did not overtake Nico Rosberg in order to support his German countryman, as Lewis Hamilton did his controversial ‘backing up’ manoeuvre from the lead.

“Nico was a little too fast for me on the straight,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

“Turn 11 was the best place but Nico did well to defend.”

Some, however, suspect that the moves Vettel did try were half-hearted.

Vettel explains: “Nico was so close behind Lewis that I could not take full risk, because I could have cleaned him (Hamilton) up as well. I did not want to risk a stupid manoeuvre.”

But the quadruple world champion has also been quoted as admitting he did not fully agree with Hamilton’s backing up tactics.

“I would not have wanted to be in Nico’s shoes,” said Vettel. “Everyone knew that Lewis was up to. He was as slow as a bus, and wanted to drive Nico into us.

“I wanted to win the race for Ferrari, but I also knew that Lewis and Nico were racing for the title,” he added.

Vettel therefore said Rosberg is a fully deserving world champion, dismissing Hamilton’s hints that only better car reliability got him over the line.

“In my view, you can never be champion just with luck,” Vettel told Bild newspaper.

“Sometimes you have luck, sometimes you are not so lucky, but I think that has happened to other drivers in the past.

“Nico collected the most points over the year, he was very consistent, and I think you should never doubt whether someone has earned the title or not.

“Over 21 races, the result speaks for itself,” Vettel insisted.

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2019 F119 hours ago

Perez more optimistic about Mexico GP future

Sergio Perez is suddenly sounding more optimistic about the future of Mexico’s grand prix. Earlier, it emerged that the Mexican...

2019 F119 hours ago

Schumacher to test Alfa Romeo next week

Mick Schumacher’s first formula one test will take place next week in Bahrain. We had already reported that the son...

2019 F119 hours ago

Money not the problem for Dutch GP – Lammers

Dutch GP boss Jan Lammers says money is “not really the problem” as Zandvoort struggles to secure a F1 race...

2019 F119 hours ago

F1 should look into ‘e-fuels’ – Abiteboul

Cyril Abiteboul says F1 should look into introducing “e-fuels”. In an increasingly environmentally-minded world, the Renault boss doubts F1 did...

2019 F120 hours ago

FIA responds to 2019 start light problem

F1’s governing body is making adjustments ahead of the Bahrain grand prix so that drivers at the back of the...

2019 F121 hours ago

Boullier knew McLaren-Honda would fail

Former McLaren boss Eric Boullier said he realised immediately that the McLaren-Honda adventure would be a failure. “Already in the...

2019 F121 hours ago

Sainz hails Renault progress in 2019

Carlos Sainz has hailed the improvement made by McLaren’s engine supplier Renault over the winter. After years of struggling with...

2019 F121 hours ago

Kubica return terrible for F1 – Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve thinks Robert Kubica’s return to F1 is “terrible” for the sport. After an eight-year absence to recover from...

2019 F14 days ago

Williams being run with fear and terror – Ralf

Ralf Schumacher, who won all six of his F1 victories with the British team, thinks the problem at Williams could...

2019 F14 days ago

Ferrari can do better in Bahrain – Senna

Bruno Senna says Ferrari should not give up on winning the 2019 title. After Australia, where the Italian team’s winter...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media