Why Sebastian Vettel Insists on Labelling his Ferrari F1 Stint a ‘Failure’

Published 12/11/2020, 3:10 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


2020 may have been one of the worst seasons for Sebastian Vettel, and Ferrari in their careers. However, the same can’t be said in terms of Vettel’s entire time in the Maranello outfit. He was dominant on several occasions and even got close to beating Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton to the title.

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Despite being the third most successful Ferrari driver in terms of race victories, Vettel suggested that he failed to accomplish the goals Ferrari set through the last five years.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

During the press conference in Abu Dhabi, Vettel showcased his disappointment at failing to shine in his dream team despite coming really close at times. He said, “It still doesn’t change anything. We still failed. We had the ambition and target to win the championship, and we didn’t. I think it’s just an honest reflection. I don’t think saying it out loud changes anything.”

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Vettel has been up to the podium for a massive 55 times in his time at Ferrari. Out of the 55 podiums, he secured 14 race victories. Hence, the stats don’t really prove his point of “failing”.

Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari was strong, but not strong enough to beat the Rivals, Mercedes

The German is on the verge of switching to a new team following the end of this season. However, he is not leaving the teams with satisfaction. It looks like Vettel is still beating himself for failing to reach Ferrari’s goals.

Mercedes was the only team standing between Ferrari and the title. Ferrari always produced the best starts, and it was always Vettel on top.

However, as the season progressed, Mercedes would unleash a dominant second-half to condemn Ferrari to the second spot.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium with sparkling wine after finishing the race in third place Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

Vettel felt that Ferrari was always strong, just not strong enough to take the fight to Mercedes. He said, “We were up against a very strong team-driver combination, but our goal was to be stronger than that, and in that regard, we failed. There are reasons for it. We had good races, bad races, sometimes were close, sometimes were far away.”

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There’s a lot of reasons why, but in the big picture… I don’t think it’s unfair. It’s just the truth. Nothing wrong with saying it out loud.”

Despite Vettel’s comments, as a spectator, one can confidently say that he gave his best in the Ferrari.

Hence, the German driver can keep his head held high, and move on to Aston Martin with satisfaction, and reignite his old form, and ultimately, regain his lost chances at Ferrari.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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