I am my worst enemy, says Blundering Sebastian Vettel


Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel admitted Thursday that he had been his worst enemy in his Formula One title match with Lewis Hamilton. Vettel has committed a series of driving errors that will leave him 30 points behind the Englishman at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend. "The biggest enemy is me," the German told reporters at the Marina Bay street circuit. Vettel's failures have cost him points in races in Azerbaijan, France, Germany and Italy that could have seen him leading the championship with seven of the 21 races to be played.

Instead, Vettel is trying to catch up and knows he can not afford any more mistakes.

"It's pretty simple," he said. "He (Hamilton) is ahead at this moment, so it is he who must win, but we have had the opportunities.

"It does not help when you start from the front row and you end up looking the wrong way," he said about his turn in the first round at Monza two weeks ago, which left him in the back of the group.

"We have to take care of ourselves and if we do, we have a good chance to win races."

Vettel said the "boo-boo" that hurt him most was at his home Grand Prix when he crashed in the rain while driving comfortably near the end, which allowed Hamilton to take the checkered flag.

"I think the most important thing is that I know what happened and I can explain it, and then everyone is free to have their own views on what happened," he said.

"I would have loved to win in Germany, sure, but I'm not too worried and I'm generally waiting and not focusing on what we could have done differently to avoid what happened."