Sebastian Vettel has promised to assume the same aggressive approach in his quest for a maiden Drivers’ Championship crown, despite the criticism heaped upon him as a result of recent racing incidents.

Vettel's collision with Button was the subject of much mirth in the media Following an embarrassing collision with his team-mate Mark Webber at the Turkish Grand Prix earlier this year, Vettel’s latest mishap was his clumsy collision with Jenson Button at the last round in Belgium, which earned the 23-year-old the title of F1’s “crash kid” from the defending World Champion.

In response to the criticism, Vettel has told Germany’s Speedweek that his approach won’t change.

“Racing is not a coffee break,” the Red Bull driver said. “I go to the grid to win if it is possible. But you have to attack, you can’t just wait for it to happen.

“I always try to attack, so in that way nothing is going to change. You always have your head switched on and everyone weighs up the risks.

“I know that both myself and my car are fast enough to win,” he added.

Vettel admitted that his overtaking attempt on Button went seriously wrong, but that he has attempted to reconcile with the Briton over a phone call.

[Original image via Bruno Mantovani]

The following two tabs change content below.

Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.