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Sebastian Vettel: At fault?.

Ferrari president finds the main ‘culprit’ for Sebastian Vettel’s title loss

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Just under a week has passed since the 2017 Formula One Drivers’ Championship was sealed by Lewis Hamilton, registering his fourth title by defeating Sebastian Vettel for the highest honour.

Since losing both Drivers’ as well as Constructors’ titles to their rivals, Ferrari have already analysed the reasons for coming up short against the likes of Mercedes in the entirety of the campaign.

Engine issues in Malaysia and Japan severely dented the hopes of their German ace securing the top spot, which to some extent, can be termed as one of the major factors.

However, Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has a different opinion of his own.

The Italian-Canadian executive admitted the technical issues were a pivotal reason, but the driver also needs to be held accountable for his own fate.

The statement brings to the fore the bizarre incident in the inaugural Azerbaijan GP in Baku, which handed Vettel a stop-go penalty for retaliatory contact with Hamilton, while the debatable first lap in Singapore also resulted in both Ferraris crashing out.

Speaking on the issue, Marchionne said: “I don’t believe in bad luck. Ultimately it’s a reflection of the way in which we manage these businesses.

“It was a combination of, especially in the second half of the season, technical issues and driver error, or driver misjudgement.”

He insisted that the season has been a major learning curve for the team going forward.

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“I think we’ve learned a lot. I think it’s a painful way of learning it,” the 65-year-old added.

“I think the second half revealed some structural weaknesses in the manner which we are managing this business, which are going to get rectified and hopefully 2018 will be a much better season.”

Although, the Scuderia boss also points out the positives for Ferrari this term and believes the car is the best among the teams competing.

“If I’d asked anybody this time last year how well we would have done in 2017, I couldn’t have gotten a buyer for the idea that we would be that far advanced in the first half of the season.

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“So we have done well given our starting point but we were unable to finish the task.

“It’s a 2018 objective now. We regret not having done better, but the car is there. It is in my view probably the best car on the track today.”

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