This will go down as one of the most brutal seasons of Vettel’s career. The costly blunders in races are nothing new and have been going on for a while now, but he was comprehensively outperformed by team-mate Charles Leclerc and his leadership of Ferrari was eroded. But for all that, there were still positives.
Vettel remains quick and, after being relentlessly outpaced by Leclerc in the middle part of the season he hit back once the upgraded Ferrari gave him the stronger front end and more stable rear he craved. In the race at Sochi and qualifying at Suzuka, he was outstanding. He may be on the slide, but his revival proved there’s life in him yet.