Vettel slowly getting over 2017 title defeat
10 November 2017 – Sebastian Vettel says he is determined to maximise the final two races of the season as he slowly gets over the "big disappointment" of missing out on the title.
Vettel and Ferrari challenged Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes for both titles over the first half of the campaign, but dropped back amid a troubled spell of Asian races.
Mercedes duly secured a fourth successive title in the United States, with Hamilton following suit a week later in Mexico, joining Vettel on four championships.
"Obviously time passes and that helps," said Vettel, speaking ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
"Mexico was a big disappointment, but here it's a different race and a new challenge, and for these last two Grands Prix we want to do everything really well as a team."
Vettel added that there will be plenty for Ferrari to take from its race-winning SF70H into next season, amid relatively stable regulations.
"We don't stop developing our car and this year we have improved it in order to give us advantages also for the future," he commented.
"Development is an ongoing process and, since the regulations don't change that much, there are many things we can learn from this season and carry over into next year."
Kimi Räikkönen echoed team-mate Vettel's sentiments.
"Although both championships are now decided, our aim is still the same; as at any other race, we are here to fight for the win and do the best we can," he said.
"At the end of the season we'll see where we end up."
Vettel holds second in the standings, 15 points clear of Valtteri Bottas, with Räikkönen fifth, 14 adrift of Daniel Ricciardo, and 30 ahead of Max Verstappen.