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Sebastian Vettel shares blame for Ferrari's failure to compete with Mercedes

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Mercedes have enjoyed a joyous year in the world of Formula One as front man Lewis Hamilton clinched his fourth world title and Mercedes proceeded to win the 2017 Constructors' Championship.

Ferrari, on the other hand, have lived to rue "what could have been" in a season that started with such promise.

Both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have failed to compete with the power of both the Mercedes cars and their drivers, something the Ferrari president has had his say on.

As reported by ESPN, Sergio Marchionne is incredibly disappointed with the 2017 season and feels the whole team, including their drivers, should share the blame.

"I don't believe in bad luck," Marchionne answered regarding the season. "Ultimately it's a reflection on the way in which we manage the businesses.

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

Vettel responds to Ferrari president's comments

Four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel has mirrored his presidents' comments as he analyses a frustrating season.

"It's fair enough," when asked about Marchionne's comments at the Brazilian GP.

"There are always things you would probably do a bit different.

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"Overall, I think we all agree that we didn't have the season up to this point that we could have had or should have had, for various reasons."

When asked for an occasion that truly stood out to him, Vettel admitted that the incident in Baku was the one he does not look back on fondly. However, he shortly followed this by saying: "The rest I think has been okay."

Of course the season is not yet over for Vettel and his team. With two races left, the German will have to win one to ensure his second place finish over Mercedes's Valtteri Bottas.

A feat that would appear to be an easy one in theory, but not winning a race since July may just influence Vettel's upcoming performances.

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"This year is not over yet.

"We still have the challenge to seal second place. That's the priority right now. A lot of work ahead and things we can learn for this year to take on to next year."

Whether Vettel will be pipped to second place will Bottas will be a fascinating watch, but for most Formula One fans, the real watch will be the challenge Ferrari will mount next year to avoid another Mercedes-dominant.

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