Sebastian Vettel admitted that his time at Ferrari can be seen as a ‘failure’ as the German opened up on what went wrong with the Scuderia.
The four-time world champion will bring the curtain down on his six-year stay with Ferrari at the end of this season to join the new Aston Martin project for 2021.
Vettel has struggled in a largely uncompetitive car this campaign which saw Ferrari decide against renewing the 33-year-old’s contract.
Sebastian Vettel has opened up on his ‘failed’ six-year stint as a Ferrari driver
It means Vettel will leave without reaching his goal of winning a fifth world championship, which saw him confess that he could have done ‘better’ while wearing red.
In an interview with the F1 Beyond The Grid podcast, Vettel admitted: ‘There’s things that I should have done better, things I probably should have seen earlier, fights I shouldn’t have picked. But then I think everything that happened brought me to where I am now.
‘I’m generally not talking about stuff happens on the track. Losing the car in Hockenhem  in half-wet, half-dry conditions, many people point that one out as a low point.
The German admits he ‘shouldn’t have picked fights that weren’t worth fighting’ at Ferrari
Vettel has endured a disappointing season – with his more recent race ending in a DNF
‘But I’m not talking about things like that, more about what’s going on. If I am fair, and harsh, then I have failed. Were there reasons? Probably yes. But I don’t accept them as excuses.’
Vettel, who mounted a serious challenge against Lewis Hamilton for the title in 2017 and 2018, believes there were fights he shouldn’t have fought because ‘they weren’t worth fighting’.
‘But then again part of it is probably my nature and it was natural to do so,’ he added.
‘And I think I had a point as well in some of these some of these little fights and battles. But I think ultimately that’s how you mature and how you learn.’
Racing Point have vowed to get Vettel back to the heights he hit as a champion at Red Bull
Racing Point, who will be re-branded as Aston Martin next season, have vowed to get Vettel back to his best where they hope to replicate his championship-winning form from his Red Bull days.
And Vettel continued: ‘I love racing and I’m looking forward to go racing.
‘I don’t regret the last years and I learned a lot in my time with Ferrari – a different team, a different culture – but yes, certainly Ferrari is a special team in many ways and I guess where I’m going will be different. I’m looking forward to it.’
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