Sebastian Vettel: I don't need to drive differently in 2020
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has played down suggestions that he has to change his driving style in Formula 1 but accepts that he has "to do a better job" next season.
Vettel finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton in 2017 and 2018, but was never in the mix for overall honours amid a sequence of mistakes from both driver and team in 2019.
Vettel claimed only one victory – in Singapore – and scored just two pole positions, compared to seven for team-mate Charles Leclerc, as he finished a low-key fifth in the standings.
It is the lowest he has finished in the standings since joining Ferrari in 2015.
“I think I’ve been honest, I’ve always done what I can do,” said Vettel.
“I’ve been around for long enough, and I’m honest enough to admit.
“Here and there, I should have done a better job, I know there is more from my side.
“Clearly I look at myself first, address all the points I think need to be addressed, first address the points that need to be addressed at myself so I think there are things I can do better, that I know I can do better so that’s the first thing I look at and try to do better next year.”
When asked what he needs to change personally, Vettel replied: “I don’t think there is rocket science to be changed, it’s always in the details, small adjustments, nothing big and major.
“I don’t need to drive differently, I know how to drive, we all work together trying to improve the car, trying to make it faster for both of us, but yeah, you’re always looking at yourself.
“I’m not doing the same stuff as I did 10 years ago, I’ve evolved. And I think to the better, but certainly here and there, there are things you always feel you can do better.”