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Sebastian Vettel felt he let down the Ferrari Formula 1 team

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Sebastian Vettel has revelaed he feels he made a poor show on behalf of the Ferrari Formula 1 team after he lost his temper during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku - when he banged wheels with Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel, who felt rival Lewis Hamilton brake-tested him, veered into Hamilton behind the safety car during the Grand Prix in June

Vettel was punished with a 10-second stop-go penalty.

A subsequent FIA investigation into this incident was put aside and it was deemed unnecessary to pursue the matter.

In a recent interview, Vettel waxed philosophic on the 2017 season. He revealed that his actions in Baku made him feel far worse than his crash in Singapore, while acknowledging it had a smaller impact on the season. 

"I think Baku was worse," said Vettel. "I felt I let the team down, because something that I did obviously cost a race win potentially.

"Singapore, to be honest, the way I look at it, it's racing and it happens.

"Obviously it is extremely unfortunate, but I don't know how many start crashes there have been in the past and there will be in the future.

"If you happen to be inside them, it always sucks. There is no better way to describe it.

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"Did it come in a good time? No. Is there any ever a good time for this to happen? Probably not.

"So it doesn't matter. It happened. We cannot control it. We need to focus on what we have in our hands and try to focus on things we can control."

After a less than stellar performance by Ferrari in 2016, one of the unexpected developments of this year's season was Ferrari becoming Mercedes' main title challenger.

The German-born driver took Ferrari to first place in both the Australian and Bahrain Grands Prix, the first and third races of the season.

Vettel casts the underperformance of 2016 as a learning curve for the team, which allowed them to reassess their approach for 2017. 

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"2016 was a tough year, but a very important year, because a lot of things we shifted internally for the better. So it should make us stronger.

"Obviously this year gave us the chance with new rules and so on to come up with a new car and we used our chance, but you can see we are not entirely happy, because we want to win altogether.

Though he's still not entirely satisfied with the team's performance, he struck an optimistic note about the future.

"I still think that there is a lot to do still.

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"I don't mean that there is still a lot of changes necessary in terms of we need to change the people, because that is what people normally think: when you talk about changes - 'ah, you need to change the people'. No.

"Sometimes you need maybe to make some small adjustments with the same people, and it works much better.

"So I think the potential is there in Ferrari, the people are there, talent is there. And it's about us, all of us trying to work together and make it happen."

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Fernando Alonso
Lewis Hamilton
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Formula 1
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