Vettel questioned ability after 2014 F1 struggles

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Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he had doubts about his own ability after a tough 2014 season.

Vettel dominated the sport between 2010 and 2013, winning four consecutive drivers’ championships with Red Bull.

However, his form nose-dived in 2014 upon the change in technical regulations as he scored just four podium finishes en route to fifth place in the final standings.

Vettel subsequently moved to Ferrari for 2015, and has since rediscovered his form by leading the Italian marque to three victories so far this season, leaving him second in the championship behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

In an interview with the official F1 website, Vettel lifted the lid on his struggles with Red Bull in 2014 and admitted that he did question his own ability after such a tough year.

“Yes, I did – and I am not ashamed to admit it,” Vettel said. “Everybody doubts himself at one point or another.

“For sure, 2014 was not a nice season. I was not performing the way I wanted to perform, and if that happens it is more honest to show your feelings and not hide behind a fake smile.

“So about the same time last year I understood that it was time to move on, and the stage I am at now proved me right. I am very happy with how things worked out.

“Sure, when I joined Ferrari there was never any guarantee in terms of results, but now it is nice to know that we’ve exceeded all kinds of expectations, including mine – maybe.”