user icon

Vettel tried 'everything' to catch Hamilton

  • Published on 25 Nov 2018 16:35
  • comments 1
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Sebastian Vettel says that he did all he could during the latter stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to close down rival Lewis Hamilton for the lead of the race.

Vettel crossed the line in second place after getting past Valtteri Bottas on lap 35. Bottas made a mistake in the first sector which allowed Vettel to close in and set up an overtake. He then commenced the challenge of closing in on the seven-second gap to Hamilton in front.

The German decreased the gap by a small margin each lap, but it wasn't enough to put the five-time world champion under pressure: “Lewis is the champion and he deserves to be the champion,” he said following the chequered flag. "It has been a tough year.

“I tried everything to the last lap, catching little by little but he controlled the pace at the front. I would have liked it to be a bit more wheel-to-wheel. A long year, a lot of races. I will try, we will try, the whole team, to come back stronger and give him a harder run into next year.”

Vettel also offered words to Fernando Alonso, who will not be racing in Formula 1 next year: "Well done to Fernando, these last years have been very tough for him, we have missed him and we will be missing him. Well done on his career,” Vettel said.

Vettel won just one Grand Prix in the second half of the year, which came immediately after the summer break in Belgium. Across the season, the German won five races, and saw his championship challenge fall away after the first stage of the year

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • blade

    Posts: 341

    Vettel has moments like this when you have to take your hat off and say - class. But he then has moments like Baku - this impetuous streak is going to hinder him unless he can fix it - hot and cold never beats steady and consistent.

    • + 0
    • Nov 25 2018 - 22:15

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Alpine F1
  • Points 145
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 84
  • Country Spain
  • Date of b. Jul 29 1981 (39)
  • Place of b. Oviedo, Spain
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.71 m
Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
20 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20
France
25 - Jun 27
Austria
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
1 - Oct 3
Singapore
8 - Oct 10
Japan
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
29 - Oct 31
Mexico
5 - Nov 7
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Australia
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
20 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
1 - Oct 3
8 - Oct 10
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
29 - Oct 31
5 - Nov 7
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
Australia Albert Park
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar