Vettel: Ferrari form against F1 rivals matters more than Leclerc battle

Sebastian Vettel says winning a personal points battle with Formula 1 team-mate Charles Leclerc matters much less to him than how successful Ferrari is against its rivals

Vettel: Ferrari form against F1 rivals matters more than Leclerc battle

On the back of Leclerc's impressive first campaign at Maranello last year, in which he won two races and beat his four-time world champion team-mate in the standings, Vettel knows he needs to deliver to his best if he is going to guarantee he secures a contract extension into 2021.

But although there has been much made of the rivalry he has with Leclerc, Vettel says the only thing that is important to him is that Ferrari become the best in F1.

"It is not so important whether I have five points more or less [compared to Leclerc]," said Vettel in an exclusive interview with Autosport.

"The important thing is that we are heading in the right direction as a team.

"Obviously last year was a step back, because we were not as strong as the years before. There's reasons.

"Those we need to understand and make sure we eliminate them and make progress again.

"Then five points up or down, for sure in the moment I care, but really what all of our target is here, is to make sure that Ferrari comes back to the top."

Vettel says the roller-coaster nature of coverage he gets in F1 from the media, who write him off one minute and then praise him the next, is much more extreme than it has been in the past.

"The questions change every day, they change after every result," he said.

"So in this regard I feel like it's a lot more short-lived nowadays. If you have a bad day, things are a disaster for the next weeks.

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"If you have a good day, you are the greatest for the next weeks.

"It has always been like that in a way, but just the velocity of change has changed.

"But that is probably something that not just F1 experiences, that's probably something the whole world experiences.

"I'm not a finance guy at all, but you just need to follow the finance market, the stock market for a day and it goes up and down.

"If you take the same behaviour 15 years ago, people would panic.

"And now it's completely normal to have 2 percent up, 3 percent down. 20 years ago 3 percent up was like: 'We have a problem here, we need to ...', you know [stop]."

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