Gallery: The errors that cost Vettel, Ferrari 2018 titles

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Gallery: The errors that cost Vettel, Ferrari 2018 titles
By: Fabien Gaillard
Translated by: Rachit Thukral
Dec 4, 2018, 11:34 AM

An error-strewn campaign from Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari went someway in Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes clinching the 2018 Formula 1 titles - and with several races to spare.

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China

China
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Vettel had already crossed the finishing line when the safety car was deployed after mid-distance in Chinese GP, but the Red Bulls were further down the road and able to pit for fresh tyres. A charging Max Verstappen then crashed into Vettel at the hairpin, pitching the German into a spin and leaving him eighth at the finish.

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
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At the safety car restart, Vettel sensed an opportunity to take the lead but locked up going into turn 1, slipping down to fourth position. Hamilton, his main title rival, won after Bottas incurred a late puncture.

Spain

Spain
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Vettel was running in second place when Ferrari called him into the pits for a second stop under VSC. That dropped him down to fourth place and despite having fresher tyres, he was unable to overtake Max Verstappen for the final podium spot.

France

France
4/12

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Vettel hit Bottas at turn 1 at the start of the French GP, damaging his front wing. He had to pit for a fresh nose and a strong recovery drive from there on could only yield a fifth place finish.

Austria

Austria
5/12

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Vettel was demoted three places on the Austrian GP grid to sixth for impeding Carlos Sainz in qualifying. That penalty proved costly as he was unable to capitalise on both Mercedes cars retiring in the race, ultimately finishing only third.

Germany

Germany
6/12

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The German Grand Prix saw one of the championship-defining moments of the season. Leading the race by a comfortable margin, Vettel lost control of his Ferrari on slick tyres as rain began to intensify, running over a gravel trap before crashing into a barrier. He retired from the race while Hamilton claimed an unlikely win.

Italy

Italy
7/12

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Vettel attempted to pass Raikkonen into the second chicane on the opening lap of the Italian Grand Prix, but in this process he opened up a door for Hamilton. The two made contact with Vettel the unlucky driver in the incident, getting spun around and thrown to the back of the pack. Worse still, Hamilton later managed to pass Raikkonen and win at Ferrari's home turf.

Singapore

Singapore
8/12

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Vettel pitted early on lap 15 of the Singapore GP and came out behind Sergio Perez, losing precious time in overtaking him. As such, when Verstappen stopped a few laps later, he managed to jump him for position.

Japan

Japan
9/12

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Ferrari sent out Vettel on track on wet tyres in anticipation of rain but the track stayed dry, forcing him to pit again for slicks. The pit blunder cost Vettel dearly and he was forced to start the race from eighth place.

Japan

Japan
10/12

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In the race, Vettel was chasing down Verstappen when he tried to pass the Dutchman on the approach to Spoon, a corner generally not considered favourite for overtaking. The two made contact and Vettel was again the one who came out worse from the incident.

USA

USA
11/12

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During practice for the US GP, Vettel failed to slow down enough under red flag and was slapped with a three-place penalty. While this error wasn't as big as some of his previous ones, it did prove to be costly on a day Hamilton clinched pole.

US GP

US GP
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Vettel was involved in another incident in the US GP, this time with Daniel Ricciardo. The two drivers went side-by-side into turn 13 and although they only touched slightly, it was enough for Vettel to be spun around.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Sebastian Vettel Shop Now
Teams Ferrari Shop Now
Author Fabien Gaillard