Vettel: My weakness is that I am very stubborn and sometimes too stubborn

24 October, 2013

Sebastian Vettel on the eve of his fourth F1 world title

Sebastian Vettel in India on the eve of his fourth F1 world title

Speaking to the media ahead of the Indian Grand Prix weekend Sebastian Vettel was asked to point out some of his weaknesses, and gamely declared that being stubborn is one of them.

“I don’t know. You have lots of experts working for you so maybe they can judge,” he said, addressing the massed television cameras.

“I don’t like talking about myself, at least for the strengths. I think it always sounds a little bit cheesy.

“For the weaknesses…I am very stubborn. Sometimes too stubborn and it takes a little while to realise a couple of things. There’s other things as well but, again, I’ll leave that to your experts.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, in relaxed mood with reporters later, grinned when informed of his driver’s assessment and dropped casually into the conversation that he had beaten Vettel at tennis only the other day.

Sebastian Vettel winner of the 2011 Indian GP

Sebastian Vettel winner of the 2011 Indian GP

The defeat had not gone down particularly well but Vettel can at least take consolation that his boss may be the only man in the paddock able to boast any sort of a victory over him since July.

Vettel has won the two Indian Grands Prix to date, both from pole position, and also led every competitive lap at the Buddh International circuit.

Furthermore, Vettel has won every race since the end of the August break, a run of five in a row, and had to cast around for examples when asked at a packed news conference on Thursday about his strengths and weaknesses.

It is almost inconceivable that he will leave without the title on Sunday but the 26-year-old claimed that he was taking nothing for granted.

Sebastian Vettel winner of the 2012 Indian GP

Sebastian Vettel winner of the 2012 Indian GP

“For sure, it’s nice to have the opportunity but I’m not trying to focus on that. I’m trying to focus on the race,” he said. “I said many times that the most important for us is that we win the Championship, it doesn’t really matter where and when.”

Vettel could have wrapped up the title in Japan two weeks ago, had results gone his way, and now has a 90 point lead over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with a maximum of 100 still available.

He will not need to score another point if Alonso fails to finish in the top two on Sunday.

“It’s not really one of the things you want to get out of the way,” he smiled, when asked how relieved he would be to get the Championship over with. “It should be a very positive thing.

“For sure it would be a great relief because it’s ultimately what we have been working so hard for the whole year. We are in a great position with a good gap in the points table but I don’t come here thinking ‘I have to do this, have to do that.’

Sebastian Vettel's current winning streak began at the Belgian GP back in August

Sebastian Vettel’s current winning streak began at the Belgian GP back in August

“I didn’t do that the last three years. Sometimes I think it was good just to carry on, other times it was good not to know the figures and the stats…so nothing has changed and that’s why I am looking forward to the weekend.”

Vettel, probably more than any other current driver and unlike retired compatriot and seven time champion Michael Schumacher, has a deep knowledge of Formula 1 history and his place in it.

For all his insouciance, becoming only the third driver to win four titles in a row – and the first to take his first four consecutively – is of huge importance to him.

“We try to get the best out of ourselves, the target is to win the race and should we do that we know it’s good enough to secure the title,” he said.

“It is something very special so I don’t think it makes a lot of sense talking about it beforehand because you just take away the excitement.” (Reuters)

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  • Boycotthehaters

    This is one of those trick questions reporters toss at people they don’t like, there’s no good answer to it.

    “Vettel, probably more than any other current driver and unlike retired compatriot and seven times champion Michael Schumacher, has a deep knowledge of Formula 1 history and his place in it.”

    Hamilton and Alonso clearly know their F1 history and are obsessed with their place in it. And are pissed that Vettel is setting records and not them.

  • Dangerf1

    And when all that dons’t work, my team makes me a bendy front wing, yhaaay….

  • haha

    I think he answers correctly. Being stubborn is the hallmark of someone with strong principles. And nothing saying you are the best is being humble like he points out, he doesn’t like to talk about his strenghts. So it’s time people aknowledge them. Opposed the last Alonso article on this site. If he really is doing the best races of his life why was Massa asked again to let him pass. He deserved his position on Saturday so Alonso should cut the whining on th radio. Glad Felipe didn’t listen this time, I’m sure it all started in Monza (“geniuses” :D)

  • Ukwhite

    @Dangerf1: Vettel 2/3 of Bulls’ records, Mark 1/3…

    Not a fan of engineering I guess, that requires more than 20 years of consistent education and +30 years F1. Piece of cake when you not doing it.

  • Ytr

    I am getting the hang of vettel now. Vettel is a young kid who usually acts more mature than his age but sometimes slips into immaturity and weaselness. Like his order to RB to move Mark out of his way instead of just taking care of his own business like a man (instead of a boy).

    Hamilton on the other hand is an older person who sometimes acts maturely (though it shows through in how forced and fake it is) but usually acts like a spoilt child.

    Jenson is boring, Alonso is slow over 1 lap, etc. Kimi has no charisma or presence.. There’s basically no men in F1.. Just spoilt little rich boys.

  • fools

    @editor

    Where is the picture of the finger fist middle finger…i meant index finger of Vettel? lol

  • Ukwhite

    @Ytr: I kind of agree with you, we miss James Hunt and the likes. Nowadays heroes are quite different, less aura, no drink, no glorious girls, scandals, they look like schoolboys.

    But does it really matter? Time has changed, cars are different… Ecclestone has said something like that but he also said he did not regret it, kind of the current racing isn’t bad at all.

  • Dangerf1

    Ukwhite I don’t speak nerd
    but if u r comparing Vettel to Webber, well after 16 years of watching F1, I can tell u never compare them, one is very old and tall, and the other is short and very young, put aside the (only idiots can’t admit) favoritism.
    Watch Vettel’s on-boards, he rarely corrects his car, Schumacher was allways over correcting the car just like Alonso these days, it shows great talent, u watch the car from the outside and it feels so smooth, while the steering is moving like crazy, Vettel never had such a car. the only thing he proved is consistency and not making mistakes, which is pretty easy with the car at hand.

  • Boycotthehaters

    “Like his order to RB to move Mark out of his way instead of just taking care of his own business like a man”

    Of course when Vettel DID “take care of his own business like a man” and pass Webber on track, a lot of fans squealed like little girls about how he should have obeyed team orders and let Webber win. There’s no way he can win with some people … apart from by losing.

  • Dangerf1

    @Boycotthehaters
    so passing ur team mate on high engine while he is in the fuel saving mod as the team ordered is passing like man?
    Vettel fans are just too delusional.

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