Vettel denies he needs a mental sports coach

  • Published on 27 Sep 2018 11:28
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  • By: Harry Mattocks

Four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel says he does not think that he would benefit from working with a sports psychologist. This comes after questions about the title-contender's state of mind, after he has made a few costly mistakes this season. 

The German is currently 40 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the drivers championship, and ESPN estimates that he has lost at least 60 points due to mistakes in races. Vettel lost 25 points at his home race when he crashed out, giving the victory to Hamilton, an error which could be crucial when deciding this year's championship.

Vettel said to Auto Bild: "I have pressure, but most of the time I put it on myself. If you know what you can do and you do not achieve it, then you are not satisfied.

"I find the idea [of a sports psychologist] very interesting, but I have not met a person that I think can help. I've already researched it a bit, so the whole topic has not passed me by. When you have stress, you need to find balance. I have developed things that work for me. And I have enough self-discipline, so as not to be confused. 

"In my spare time I hardly read articles about Formula 1, more about football. I do not let criticism get to me and that saves me dealing with it. But generally, my motto is: 'You're never as good as people say and you're never as bad as they say'."

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  • f1ski

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    Do it . You lost 3 races to the red mist. You go for more when it isn't needed. You accept contact when it should be avoided. When I raced I would bait people into contact to allow me to pass. See a shrink. Go to the one Moilnari the golfer went to.

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    • Sep 27 2018 - 14:26
  • f1dave

    Posts: 782

    He's not at the top of the list for needing this.

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    • Sep 27 2018 - 16:03
    • No far from it, but it would probably not hurt. At this rate, any means necessary IMO.

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      • Sep 27 2018 - 16:42
  • Not sure why this really even ranks as a legit story. I have found it a bit disturbing on a few occasions how the British commentators have mocked Grosjean for getting this kind of help in getting his head straight for competition. I guess it's a cultural thing. Whatever it takes to my mind.

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    • Sep 27 2018 - 18:45
    • Sadly Grosjean gets no respect. Some of that is deserved because of certain accidents and the whining on the radio. However, getting additional support should never be mocked, that's a really effed up thing to do. Especially since it really seemed to help Romain.

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      • Sep 27 2018 - 22:17
    • Its a really common thing even among us "normies". One would think that it'd gotten more acceptable over time, especially since depression has been increasing and suicide attempts, especially among middle aged men, is on the rise. But nope, gotta mock anything thats a sign of "weakness"... As if recognizing a personal flaw and trying to remedy it is weak...

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      • Sep 27 2018 - 22:45

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