Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel hopes to bid farewell to Ferrari with a smile on Sunday, however has admitted that his six-year stint in Italy is, in the end, ending in tears of failure.
The 33-year-old German, who joined Ferrari in 2015, provided a searingly-honest and practical appraisal of his time in Italy, regardless of profitable 14 races, when he admitted his aim had been to declare a fifth title.
That complete made him the third most profitable driver within the staff’s historical past behind seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, with 72 wins, and Niki Lauda on 15.
But emulating his idol Schumacher as a Ferrari title-winner had been his goal.
“It doesn’t change anything, we’ve still failed,” he instructed reporters.
“We had the ambition to win the championship and we didn’t.
“We have been up in opposition to a very robust team-driver mixture, one of many strongest we have seen up to now, however our aim was to be stronger than that and, on this regard, we failed.
“There’s a lot of reasons why, but in the big picture, I think it’s not unfair. It’s just the truth. Nothing wrong with saying it out loud.”
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He rejected a suggestion that the pressures of expectation from the ‘tifosi’ had contributed to the staff’s failings.
“The pressure in Italy? The fans and so on, yes, it is there, but ultimately I always set the highest sort of expectations on myself and I think I was the first and best judge if I didn’t achieve them,” he added.
“So, rest assured, when I stuffed the car in the gravel in Germany , I wasn’t happy before the ‘tifosi’ weren’t happy…
Vettel will join Racing Point, re-branded as Aston Martin next year, and believes he has gained from his Ferrari experiences.
“Everything that occurred has occurred for a purpose. The primary factor on my facet is to make it possible for I discovered from it and I feel I’ve grown with it.
“Overall, I feel much more comfortable, or in a better place now, than all those years ago, but certainly it hasn’t always been easy and straightforward.”
Vettel’s transfer to the Silverstone-based staff means Mexican Sergio Perez, who claimed his maiden F1 win ultimately Sunday’s Sakhir Grand Prix, faces an unsure future.
His solely hope for a seat subsequent season is with Red Bull in the event that they resolve not to retain Alex Albon.
“I have some good options for ’22,” said Perez. “So, if I’ve to cease, it’s not a catastrophe.”
Others on the move after Sunday’s finale include Daniel Ricciardo, who switches teams from Renault to McLaren, and Carlos Sainz who leaves McLaren to replace Vettel at Ferrari.
Haas are changing both drivers. Kevin Magnussen is out after Sunday following already-departed Romain Grosjean, who has returned home after his amazing escape from a high-speed fireball crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Daniil Kvyat can be anticipated to be leaving Alpha Tauri the place Japanese Yuki Tsunoda is poised to substitute him within the Honda-powered outfit.