Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel hopes that becoming “a bit wiser” in the future would help him improve his driving and win more races.
Vettel led the driver’s standing when the sport went on a month-long summer break in August. But after the summer break, the German lost five races in a row and then the title to his main rival Lewis Hamilton.
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo believes that Hamilton’s ability to keep his cool during the race is one reason he could beat Vettel this year.
Vettel’s aggressive defense of his inside line at Singapore cost him a comfortable victory at Marina Bay. Earlier this year, he got penalised at Baku for colliding with Hamilton’s Mercedes while driving behind the safety car.
Does he enjoy racing against Hamilton we asked, Vettel, said: “Yes, definitely.”
Speaking at the event during the opening of the FIA’s new Hall of Fame in Paris, he said: “There is no doubt about his skill and his speed. He’s very quick, and he doesn’t do many mistakes.
“Jacques [Villeneuve] said [Michael] Schumacher was the best one and the hardest one to fight against.
“It’s exactly that if you fight against the best, it elevates you onto the next level.
“A lot of the things that I did back then, they were right, but today thinking a bit different or just a bit wiser, I hope so, to allow me to do better.”
FIA president Jean Todt called Hamilton a “great champion” but refused to speculate on whether he could equal Schumacher’s record of 7 world titles.
“We admire him what he has done,” said Todt. “It’s a combination of a man, team, and machine.
“He had the best combination to be able to achieve that and use his natural talent. How many years he would like to do that? We don’t know.
“One day you wake up, and you feel it’s time to do something different. Maybe he will not feel that. But I wish him well.”