Sebastian Vettel insists he can still add to his four F1 titles this season.
Sebastian Vettel went into last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix with a 30-point gap between himself and Lewis Hamilton at the top of the standings.
And the Ferrari driver put himself in a strong position to close on the Mercedes man by qualifying in third at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Hamilton’s superb performance, coupled with Ferrari’s tactical errors which stopped Vettel getting past Max Verstappen, meant he failed to challenge the Brit though.
Vettel now has a 40-point deficit to make up with six races of the 2018 F1 season to go.
The German is not giving up hope of going level with Juan Manuel Fangio on five titles this year though.
“First, because I can,” Vettel told German Newspaper Bild, when asked how he can beat Hamilton to the World Drivers’ Championship.
“I’ve proved it four times.
“Second, because we have a car that is on par with Mercedes.
“Third place in Singapore didn’t help. It’s disappointing if you can win races and you do not.
“But I still think we can only beat ourselves. That’s a good starting position
“I can still become world champion with my own power and so I’ll continue to fight.”
Vettel hinted he may take more risks in order to get the better of Lewis Hamilton.
“My driving style has given me four world titles and 52 victories,” Vettel added.
“Everyone is afraid to fail, and I’m as aware as anyone that sometimes when you risk, it goes wrong. But you can’t let it paralyse you.
“Ayrton Senna said that if you don’t go for a gap anymore, you’re not a racing driver, and I agree.
“The same applies to risky strategies as we saw in Singapore. I will always defend my team.
“If we win every race from now on, we are safe. That must be the goal from now on.”
Vettel has a 67-point lead over third-placed Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the standings so should have no problem securing at least second this season.
And he will be determined to eat into Hamilton’s 40-point advantage when the Russian Grand Prix takes place a week on Sunday.
Source : EXPRESS