F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn: Sebastian Vettel's mistakes are 'not a coincidence'

F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn thinks Ferrari Formula 1 driver and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel drove his own 2018 championship campaign off the track.

Vettel is being roundly criticized for myriad mistakes that he has made at recent races, despite often having the fastest car in the field. It all means that Mercedes driver and points leader Lewis Hamilton only has to finish seventh or better just once — either in Mexico, Brazil or Abu Dhabi — to be champion, and that's if Vettel wins all three of those final races in the 2018 season. That's asking a lot of Vettel, who is averaging a fourth-place finish over this last five races.

Vettel's latest mistakes were in Austin, where he suffered a grid penalty for a red flag infraction, and then collided with Daniel Ricciardo in the race.

"I don't want to attack Vettel, but these mistakes do not seem to be a coincidence," Brawn, the sporting boss for F1 owner Liberty Media, is quoted as saying by German media outlet Auto Bild. "They seem to be more of an indication that Vettel is currently a bit off-track. It's a shame because Ferrari was able to give him a really competitive car right from the start of the season."

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