What are you talking about? Keeping his title hopes alive? He was just 3 points behind Hamilton! The championship was right in the balance, and in a race like that where Merecedes were struggling and Ferrari were doing great, he had to ensure he did NOT DNF.Zoue wrote:It was irrelevant whether Max was a Championship contender in Singapore: Vettel needed to win that race to keep his title hopes alive and covered off the opposition in a way that drivers commonly do. Hamilton took the same "risk" only one race earlier. And in Mexico, again, Vettel needed to win the race to have any chance whatsoever of remaining in the title fight. He was more than 60 points behind with three races remaining. What benefit to him being cautious? That's not a sign of Max being in Vettel's headdavidheath461 wrote:I think Max got in Vettel's head. Both Singapore and Mexico were overly aggressive defensive manoeuvres against a non-championship contender. There was no reason to take such risks against a driver who is known to be non-yielding when you are in a championship battle with someone else. Even at Silverstone, Vettel was unnecessarily aggressive with Max.mds wrote:I think too much is being made of Vettel's so-called state of mind. In Baku he had an obvious meltdown, but other than that?
- Malaysia: even if you would hold him responsible (won't go into that debate again), then it would be clumsy and/or inattentive rather than pressure-related. Think about it: he's just had a race from the back, faultless and fast. If pressure would have struck, then it would have been during the race. What pressure is there on a cooldown lap? None.
- Singapore: normal manoeuvre, going with the logic that he had to win it since the following races would suit Mercedes more. Getting passed meant 7 less points, desperately needed points, hence the squeeze. Nothing wrong with it, often seen in racing, just unfortunate that another car was on the inside.
- Mexico: basically going all-in to try and keep whatever hope was left.
Hamilton didn't win the title because Vettel imploded or something.
Hamilton on the other hand approached Max with caution and did not fight him too hard when he came up against him in Malaysia and Hungary.
As for Mexico, the race is longer than just 2 corners. Why not play the long game, instead of throwing it all away at turns 1 and 2?