Cape Town - Formula 1 technical boss, Ross Brawn, has said Sebastian
Vettel is "a bit out of sorts" and his errors are "no longer a
Both rivals and pundits alike believe Vettel threw away
another glorious opportunity at the United States Grand Prix, given Ferrari's
returning pace and Kimi Raikkonen's long-awaited win.
Not for the first time this season, Vettel spun on the
opening lap after a wheel-to-wheel battle and his P4 finish in Austin means
only a disaster will prevent Lewis Hamilton from lifting a fifth World
Championship this weekend in Mexico.
Brawn feels that something is amiss with Vettel and it is
down to Ferrari to help him get back to his very best.
"On Friday there was a small one (mistake), when he
failed to slow sufficiently for red flags, and he paid the price with a
three-place penalty," said Brawn.
"Then, in the race, he yet again collided with a Red
Bull, this time Ricciardo's, and once again Vettel came off worst.
"It was another lost opportunity to close the gap in
the title fight, especially when we saw what Raikkonen did with the same car.
"I certainly don't want to put Vettel in the dock, but
these incidents can no longer be seen as coincidence.
"Rather they would seem to indicate that Sebastian is a
bit out of sorts at the moment.
"Now, any hope of bringing the drivers' title back to
Maranello is dwindling and the time has come to do the maths.
"Their most important task is to work out how to help
Vettel make the most of his massive talent."