Points deficit to Hamilton doesn't need change in tactics, feels Vettel
The retirement in Singapore could cost the German his fifth world title.
While Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton turns to the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend with a beaming smile of confidence, at the same time, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has that nervous smile on his face.
In a topsy-turvy season, where Vettel stood his ground for the first 13 races, the German now suddenly finds himself with a 28 points deficit from his title rival Hamilton - with six races to go.
Vettel was among the three drivers, which included Hamilton along with Force India's Esteban Ocon, to have not had a retirement until the Singapore Grand Prix - but that changed things in the last race.
And now, the four-time champion will be praying for a retirement for Hamilton in at least one of the six races remaining, to just even up the battle little bit.
However, the Ferrari driver is not giving up, insisting that one or two races doesn't change the tactics employed in the season so far, which has seen a huge improvement from the Italian manufacturer.
When asked if he feels no pressure now, with 'nothing to lose' attitude, especially with the experts predicting the upcoming tracks suiting the Mercedes more than Ferrari. He said:
"I don’t look at it that way. I think, it depends how many points we have at the end of the year. If you choose one, you always want to be ahead. Now we are little bit behind.
"But overall, it doesn’t change anything for how we tackle the last six races. One could say to make sure for them to remain experts, we have to prove them wrong every now and then, otherwise they would be maybe out of job, if they were never wrong."
Looking at Singapore, Vettel was firm on putting down the incident as 'part of racing', which can happen to anyone, but conceded it was a certain blow since Hamilton managed to eke out a win.
"With things like these happening, what can you do? If obviously you have a major problem with the car, or if you have done a major mistake, then it is a different story," he said.
"If there is something you need to change, then you need to react quickly to make sure that it doesn't happen again, then it might be a different story.
"But looking at it now, obviously, there’s one race where we didn’t finish, certainly didn’t help that Lewis scored a lot of points, but that’s the way it goes [sometimes]."
The German stressed on 'moving on' from the incident, adding that it was not the first time for him in such situation and it won't be the last either - as the season heads to the business end with the title on the stake.
For Vettel, he can draw inspiration from his title wins in 2010 and 2012, where he fought back from a 31 and 29 points deficit respectively to take the championship in his pockets, while battling Hamilton and Alonso respectively.