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Singapore the catalyst for Ferrari failure – Vettel

22nd December 2018, 13:43 by Neil Foster

Sebastian Vettel feels the Singapore Grand Prix was the turning point of the season as both he and Ferrari then made mistakes.

The German had to concede the title to Mercedes flyer Lewis Hamilton one again, with the Brit now having five F1 championships under his belt to Vettel's four.

The duo look set to do battle once more in 2019 and Ferrari will be working hard in the off-season to ensure they are closer to their rivals.

Things began well for Vettel this year and he had topped the podium on five occasions before Singapore, but failed to take the chequered flag after the Belgian Grand Prix on August 26.

He ended up 88 points behind Hamilton and confessed things seemed to unravel after the trip to the Far East.

"For me, the [crucial point] was Singapore," he told F1.com. "From there onwards, we just didn’t have the pace to keep up with Mercedes for a couple of races.

"Other things happened on top that didn’t help and we couldn’t score the points due to mistakes we did, mistakes I did."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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