Speaking on the Beyond the Grid podcast, Vettel has admitted that he failed to achieve his ultimate goal at Ferrari, but insisted he has no regrets about joining the Scuderia.
“I don’t think I will go on having any regrets looking back. It’s true that I have failed because I set myself the mission of winning the World Championship with Ferrari. I have failed. I didn’t manage to do that.”
Continuing, the German said he thinks there are some things he could have done better, such as not picking certain fights.
“There are things I should have done better. Things maybe I should have seen earlier. Fights I shouldn’t have picked. But, then again, I think everything that happened brought me to where I am now.
“And I am generally not talking about stuff that happens on the track. Losing the car in Hockenheim in sort of half-wet, half-dry conditions. Many people point that one out as a low point, but I’m not talking about things like that.
“I’m more talking about what’s been going on [off the track]. But, yeah, if I am fair and harsh then I have failed. Were there reasons? Probably yes, but I don’t accept them as excuses.
“So whatever happened, I guess, has put me on the next step forwards,” he added.
Continuing, he said he still considers Ferrari to be a special team and doesn’t regret his final couple of years with the Italian racing outfit, when things went south.
“I don’t regret the last years and I have learned a lot in my time with Ferrari. A different team, a different culture, got to make a lot of friends along the way. Certainly Ferrari is a special team in many ways.”
Earlier, Sebastian Vettel said he is looking forward to racing in front of his home crowd at the Nurburgring this weekend, but is expecting Ferrari to be fighting in the midfield once again.
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