Vettel: 2009 loss was harder to swallow

Cape Town – Sebastian Vettel insists he’s not done with Ferrari as
giving up is not an option, adding that his 2009 title defeat was harder to
take than this year’s loss. 

For the third time in his Formula 1 career the German will
have to settle for runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship. 

Vettel defeat was sealed at the last race in Mexico when, despite
beating Lewis Hamilton out on track, the Mercedes driver claimed enough points
to take an unassailable lead in the standings. 

Although disappointed with yet another P2, Vettel says his
2009 defeat to Brawn GP’s Jenson Button was the hardest to swallow. 

“Three times now I have been in a position like that,
with 2017, 2009 and this year,” he said. 

“Probably ‘09 was the worst one and the lowest point. 

“You never know what the next year brings so you never
know whether you get another chance. 

“I have worked very hard for it and I am confident it
will come but ultimately I don’t know, you can’t predict. 

“None of those moments were nice.” 

The Ferrari driver has come in for a great deal of stick
this season as his on-track mistakes, such as Germany and Italy, cost him vital
points. 

So much so that former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa believes
Vettel bears more responsibility than the Scuderia for this year’s defeat. 

Vettel, though, says he has no intention of changing ahead
of next year’s campaign. 

“I know my job and I know my role and I don’t think it
will change next year in terms of what I have to do. 

“Certainly there is a lot of stuff that happened this
year and we will be able to, as a team and as an individual, be able to learn
from it and take it forward and raise the bar next year. 

“Obviously along the way something went wrong and we
need to learn from it, something went wrong and we didn’t go and develop in the
right direction. 

“So clearly we missed something and not because
something was on purpose by default set wrong. So it’s up to us to find a fix
for it and make sure it doesn’t happen again, but it’s not so simple to find
and fix it as it sounds.” 

The four-time World Champion will now try for his fifth next
season with Ferrari. 

“I still have a mission here and I still want to win –
that hasn’t changed,” he added. 

“Obviously the last race [Mexico] was a tough one to
swallow and probably the winter will be as well, but giving up is not an
option.”