Sebastian Vettel has said that he “still loves” Formula 1 despite another big mistake costing him dear at the Italian Grand Prix.
Vettel finished a lowly P13 in front of the Tifosi at Monza after he spun out of control at Ascari in clear air and was then slapped with a 10-second stop/go penalty for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner.
As team-mate Charles Leclerc celebrated a famous win on the podium in the background, Vettel was asked if he still has the desire and enthusiasm to continue in Formula 1 following yet another error.
“I still love what I do,” Vettel told Sky Sports F1 in the Monza paddock. “But surely when you’re not doing well, when you know that you can do well, you’re not happy.”
Vettel also conceded that he did not see Lance Stroll as he desperately tried to return the track.
“Obviously I’m not happy with it,” he added. “I can’t be happy with my day today.
“We had a good start and then I lost a position, got it back, reconnected to the cars ahead and then lost the rear and I couldn’t catch it. Simple as that.
“Obviously I’m not happy and after that the race was obviously gone.
“I struggled a couple of times to get the car going. I struggled to get in the right direction as well so I couldn’t see him.”
Leclerc has now leapfrogged Vettel in the World Championship standings following back-to-back victories at Spa and Monza.