Vettel: As an individual, I must do better in 2020

Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel says he’s going into the winter break with the intention of improving his own performances next year.

At the end of an underwhelming season in which the four time World Champion was outscored by his new teammate Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel says he’s aiming to bounce back in 2020.

Vettel’s year was a mixed bag, combining some great drives with several high-profile errors and clashes over the course of the 21 races. As a result, he finished 24 points behind Charles Leclerc in the World Championship.

Speaking at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where Leclerc finished on the podium and Vettel finished P5, Sebastian said he’s reflected on his own performances: “We didn’t have the year we were hoping for, full stop. I think the reasons are clear, I think the lessons are clear and it’s up to us now to take them on board. I think as a team we need to perform stronger and, as an individual, I must do better. I know I can do better. It wasn’t a great year for me.”

He said that some of the incidents made the year look worse than it really was in terms of outright performance, and says he’s hopeful that he, along with Ferrari, come back as a stronger package in 2020: “I don’t think it was as bad as it looked, because there was lots of small things that maybe make the picture look worse.”

“But I’m the first to look at myself and if I’m honest, I know i can do better. That’s the target for next year, to do a step forward. Hopefully we get a stronger package as well to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull at the front.”

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