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Sebastian Vettel: Ferrari driver ‘not worried’ about form after errors

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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 writer
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel says he’s”not worried” about his form after he shattered his German Grand Prix having a twist and crash.
Vettel struck after rejoining after a spin out of place on lap six, his ninth error in the previous 28 28, Point’s Racing.
“The rate is there so I’m not stressed. It is just a matter of putting things together,” he said.
Vettel has been given three penalty points, placing him three.
Formula 1 rules dictate that drivers are given an automated race ban if they accrue 12 penalty points.
Vettel has received all his.
This usually means another driving mistake from Russian, the forthcoming Singapore or Japanese Grands Prix might activate an automatic suspension from a race to the German.
Vettel said after the Italian Grand Prix he was”not aware” of the penalty-point situation.
His team-mate Charles Leclerc, his second in a row won the race, following his maiden success in Belgium the previous week.
Vettel has not won a race since the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix, also has been close to a success this season just once, when he crossed the line first in Canada in June but had been demoted to second with a five-second penalty for rejoining the track dangerously after heading off while still under stress in Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.
Vettel stated in Italy on Sunday:”On my side, I am happy, certainly not with how it went with this twist.
“Then the race has been pretty much missing from there but at least the team was still going and after it had been close with Kimi [Raikkonen] last season, this time Charles sealed the success at the conclusion for the group.”
There is consternation and concern at F1 in the regularity with which Vettel is making driving errors – an average of every 3 races because last season’s French Grand Prix.
Monza saw his fourth Big mistake this year:
Vettel was given two penalty points for every one of those incidents in Montreal and Silverstone, for braiding with Verstappen while attempting to pass him during last October’s Japanese Grand 37, and his two were.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto did not cover the problem after Sunday’s race but has previously said that at other races he has put in solid performances and/or worked efficiently as a team player, and that Vettel’s mistakes ought to be found in context.
Binotto also said in Monza there was no doubt about Vettel’s location at Ferrari for 2020:”I have said it and I’m confirming it – to next year Sebastian and Charles are our drivers and there’s little doubt whatsoever about that”
The Ferrari team members chanted his name as Vettel combined the celebratory team photograph following the race.
Vettel was miserable after qualifying at Monza because Leclerc hadn’t abided by an agreement to provide him a slipstream in their second runs privately, since Vettel needed Leclerc on the first.
Leclerc stated that it was a consequence of the confusion at the conclusion of qualifying, where all the automobiles were bunched and went slowly around their’out’ lap to try and avoid being first in the queue, because a slipstream is worth around 0.5 minutes a lap at Monza.
Leclerc did move about the run to the corner, but neither made it to set a lap. That meant Leclerc was on rod and Vettel to the grid.
Radio communications in the time revealed the frustration of Vettel with what had been happening. The drivers discussed the matter on Saturday with Binotto day but Ferrari refused to reveal what was stated.
After Leclerc won on Sunday, Binotto said in Italian”perdonato” over the radio, which means”I forgive you”.
Binotto told the media:”It means whatever happened in the last days that we talked – and that is something which will stay between us three – at least today he did a great job which has been a method of saying at least we were happy for the project he did.”
Asked whether he believed the episode would sour the relationship between the motorists, Binotto said:”It’s something we discussed internally. There could be different points of view – the outside lap was a situation for everyone.
“But we are looking ahead. I know I can count on them. I think it will not impact [it]it does not mean it will not occur again. The soul is whatever you may do there is something to learn.”
Vettel explained the issues that were qualifying hadn’t affected his mentality going into the race and weren’t related to his error.
“I was in good spirits so I don’t believe that had any impact,” he explained.
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