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Vettel too obsessed with race wins to take title, says Briatore

Former Formula 1 team boss Flavio Briatore believes Sebastian Vettel’s biggest mistake this year was trying too hard to win races rather than focus on the championship.

Vettel too obsessed with race wins to take title, says Briatore

Vettel is now 67 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' championship, and needs a set of freak circumstances if he is going to overhaul his Mercedes rival.

But on the back of a run of errors from Vettel and his Ferrari team that left the door open for Mercedes to succeed, Briatore thinks the real mistake was not playing the long game.

He suggests that incidents like in Germany and Italy – where Vettel determination to win ended up causing crashes – are proof of too much obsession on going for the victory each time.

"Vettel is not winning the championship, he's winning races and it doesn't work like that," said Briatore in a podcast interview with former world champion Nico Rosberg.

"If you lose out in three or four opportunities like that, it's 25 points thrown away every time and it's becoming very difficult after that mentally.

"I believe the stress you have as a driver is enormous and if you're in the position to handle the stress and do the job and not go out [retire from races], you're winning. Because when you go out, it's the worst possible scenario – we know that."

Briatore says that the mindset of going for the championship is something that he had to teach Fernando Alonso when they won titles for Renault in 2005 and 2006.

And he points to Monza last month, when Vettel lost out in a wheel-to-wheel moment with Hamilton, as evidence of the German trying unnecessarily hard.

"You need to explain to him that the race is 53 laps, and not one lap," he said. "I remember we had the same experience with Fernando.

"When you want to win the championship finishing third place is already bingo. It's important to stay on the track.

"His [Vettel's] accident in Monza made no sense, honestly. You know the car is better, you just brake and stay behind, finito. You have 50 more laps to recover it.

"If you go out, you have zero laps to recover. Sure, with the car he has he could finish fourth because the car is better than the rest of the competition. But when you want to win the championship you have to be a master at that and do well and finish second and third also.

"The target is to just get the points. You don't need to win every race to win the championship. It's not about the race wins, it's about the points.

"If you have a competitive car, you overtake somebody. If you are going to have an accident with the guy who has more points than you, the advantage goes to your competitor."

Nico Rosberg, Flavio Briatore

Nico Rosberg, Flavio Briatore

Photo by: Nico Rosberg

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