is targeting a podium finish at his home race next weekend. The German has had a difficult first half to 2014 in the wake of his four consecutive drivers' titles, and last weekend was beaten yet again by Red Bull newcomer Daniel Ricciardo
. Asked how he dealt with the latest setback at Silverstone, world champion Vettel joked: "I had a refreshing shave this morning."
The 27-year-old was talking at an event for his sponsor, the shaving brand Braun. "On Monday you're a little down, on Tuesday you're a bit better," Vettel smiled. He played down the likelihood of a victory at Hockenheim next weekend. "Mercedes
is in a very, very strong position," said Vettel, "but the podium is the target."
Asked if he is struggling to deal with the situation in the context of his earlier successes, he insisted: "There is no reason not to be motivated. You cannot always be the best. But you can do your best. Others have just done a better job than we have."
Vettel said Red Bull is working hard to return to the top. "It will be a lot of little steps, not just a big one," he explained. "It's obviously hard work, but then it feels even better when you succeed." (GMM)