Sebastian Vettel Denies Team Lost Direction Ahead of Crucial Japanese GP

Bottas ignored Mercedes and could've cost his team in their pursuit of the title

Lewis Hamilton won controversially in Russian Federation last Sunday to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel to 50 points.

Lewis Hamilton has won five of last six races to lead the Championship convincingly.

Brawn has sympathy for Bottas, but has also praised Wolff for being honest about the situation."It may not be easily accepted by the fans, nor look good for the sport, and that is where the team have to judge the circumstances and make their decision", he said. "The team told me that and that was also what I expected".

"I will be supporting Lewis".

"You have to accept it and move forwards, and I am definitely split, just like all the people have split opinions about it". I can't fight any more for the championship.

"For sure in the statistics I don't have a win, but I know myself how I performed during the weekend and I feel like a victor from that race and that is what matters to me", he said. "Winning is everything, but that time will come later".

"It was super-uncomfortable on the podium, and I didn't know what to do".

"The way they do that is they'll stop one vehicle which means then I'll have to stop". He joined ESPN Australia's team in June, 2013.

"You're conflicted in trying to achieve those two goals because there's only one driver that can win, yet there's two drivers and you have a team championship that you want to win". Bottas is yet to get off the mark.

"I think our vehicle worked really well".

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"I'd rather be the baddie today than the idiot at the end of the year", he said.

"This has been the best performing year of my career", he said.

The bottom line is, for the sake of making one individual driver feel all nice and cosy, you could run the risk at this stage of the season of not winning the drivers' championship. It definitely could happen again.

Vettel insists that he hasn't given up on beating Hamilton to the title, but his recent laid-back and cheery manner would suggest that his attentions may have already turned to next year. He heads into Sunday's race having won five of the last six races.

"I don't think we lost direction", said Vettel at a damp and drizzly Suzuka circuit in the build up to Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

"Now I know, so the secret has been not to count".

"I love the track, this is my favourite track in the world, so I better enjoy it and not spoil it by starting to count things that probably are against me and focus on the things that are working for me".

But while Vettel denied a suggestion that Ferrari have taken a wrong turn with the design of their upgraded auto, he admitted it will be hard for his team to turn things around in the space of just seven days.

"Within a week we can not do too many things differently so we hope the track suits us better, and we have a better weekend than in Russian Federation", the German said.

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