Vettel says maybe he should not have picked some fights
LONDON (Reuters) - Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel says he will leave Ferrari with no regrets at the end of the season but should have realized that maybe he should stay away from some of the fights he picked.
The 33-year-old German, who won his titles with Red Bull, is moving to Aston Martin - the renamed Racing Point team - for 2021.
He is leaving Ferrari after a difficult 2019 season, surpassed by young teammate Charles Leclerc, and a disappointing 2020 with an engine that lacks the power of rivals.
"I do not think that in retrospect I will continue to regret it," said Vettel in a detailed interview with the Formula 1 podcast "Beyond the Grid".
"It's true that I failed because I set myself the mission or the goal of winning the championship with Ferrari. I failed. I didn't make it."
"There are things I should have done better, things I might have seen sooner, fights I might not have picked," he added, making no excuses.
"But then again, I think everything that happened has got me where I am now."
Vettel will be the only German race at the Eifel Grand Prix this weekend at the Nürburgring, a track where he won with Red Bull in 2013 - the last time Formula 1 visited the track.
The sport's third most successful rider asked additional questions about the fights he alluded to:
"I think looking back it might not have been worth fighting ... but part of it is probably my nature and it was natural to do so and I think I had a point in some of those little fights as well Fights. "
The German, father of three, who married his long-term partner Hanna last year, said he had learned a lot in six seasons at Ferrari, but was looking forward to a fresh start in England.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Editing by Toby Davis)
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