Cape Town - Sebastian Vettel has said he has toyed with the idea of
having a sports psychologist but has ultimately ruled it out.
The German's ability to drive under pressure has been
questioned after a series of big mistakes this season that have contributed to
a 40-point gap to title rival Lewis Hamilton in the World Championship
There is a general feeling that Vettel is having to do more
than just drive the car and that the whole weight of the Scuderia is being
carried firmly on his shoulders.
But Vettel has said the pressure that is on him has been
"Of course I have pressure," Vettel told Auto
Bild, "but most of the time I put it on myself.
"If you know what you can do and you do not achieve it,
then you are not satisfied.
On the question of a sports psychologist, he added: "I
find the idea very interesting, but I have not met a person that I think can
help. I've already researched it a bit, so the whole topic has not passed me
"When you have stress, you need to find balance.
"I have developed things that work for me. And I have
enough self-discipline, so as not to be confused."
Vettel also said he has not paid any attention to criticism
coming his way throughout the course of this season as he does not spend his
spare time reading the press.
He said: "In my spare time I hardly read articles about
Formula One, more about football. I do not let criticism get to me and that
saves me dealing with it.
"Generally, my motto is: 'You're never as good as
people say and you're never as bad as they say'."