Vettel refuses to change driving style in 2020

Sebastian Vettel says he does not need to overhaul his driving style in order to get back to his best in 2020, despite giving his 2019 performances a negative review.

Vettel finished fourth in the drivers’ championship, below Charles Leclerc as the German was beaten over a season by a team-mate for the first time at Ferrari and just the second time in his F1 career.

Reviewing his season at the Abu Dhabi GP, Vettel said: “As an individual I must do better, I can do better. It wasn’t a great year, from my side.”

Vettel says his self-criticism does not mean that he has given up hope of returning to top form again.

“I think I’ve just been honest,” he said.

“I didn’t feel like I’ve always done what I can do. I think I’ve been around for long enough and I’m honest enough to admit it, so I think here and there I should have done a better job.

“I know that there’s more from my side so clearly I look at myself first, address all the points that I feel need to be addressed – but first address the points that need to be addressed in myself.

“So I think there’s things that I can do better, that I know I can do better. That’s the first thing I look at and obviously try to do better next year.

“It’s always in the details, small adjustments, so it’s nothing big and major. I don’t need to drive differently, I know how to drive and obviously we all work together trying to improve the car to make it faster for both of us.

“I’m not doing the same stuff that I did 10 years ago. I’ve evolved and I think for the better. But certainly here and there there’s things that you always feel you can do better.”