Vettel admits Ferrari got a “fair beating.”

Ferrari got a “fair beating” at Abu Dhabi, says four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, while underlining the amount of work ahead of the Italian team for the next season.

Although Vettel took the third place at Yas Marina, he never tried hard to go further up the chain as Valtteri Bottas dominated the race, closely followed by Lewis Hamilton.

But the good news is that Ferrari had stepped up its game in the title fight for the first time since 2008.

While he acknowledges the team’s progress this year, Vettel also knows that they need to improve performance in all sections, especially in the qualifying race to make sure their next year title challenge can sustain throughout the year.

“The package wasn’t good enough, but I think the positives outweigh the disappointments we had here and there over the year,” he said.

“You must not forget where we have been 12 months ago and the incredible achievement that’s come together over the winter to set up this year, and throughout the season to keep improving the car, the engine, so a lot of work.

“But overall as we saw on Sunday, we got a fair beating and couldn’t touch them in qualifying and in the race, so obviously there is lots for us to do better.”

Ferrari proved to be an excellent challenger to Mercedes before the summer break. But the team fell apart in the Asian circuits like Singapore, Malaysia and Japan due to a mix of on-track incidents and unreliability.

Vettel conceded that their German rival has been “more consistent” and performed better throughout the season.

“You have to also be fair, in the end, Mercedes was better, they were faster – look at the amount of pole positions, of race wins,” he said.

“I think we had our chances; we used them, we had races were we probably got away with a good result even though it was on the edge.

“I’m thinking about races like Bahrain where we were very close to have a failure. We won the race in Hungary which I don’t think we were supposed to win with the steering failure we had during the race.

“We finished races that might as well have been could have been a DNF. On the other hand, we had other races where we didn’t finish. It’s obviously bitter because you’re not in the fight.

“That’s the frustrating bit about those races, but they’re part of racing. In the end, we do our job, and that’s what brought us here in the first place.

“If we keep doing that I’m confident that we can be in a better place next year.”

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