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Sebastian Vettel wants to win a world championship with Ferrari and will not be giving up on his dream.
Vettel looked to be heading for his fifth title after a strong start to the season but his challenge unravelled as the campaign wore on and Lewis Hamilton was eventually crowned champion at the Mexican Grand Prix.
The German endured a difficult season as he came in for criticism for on-track mistakes but he remains determined to help Ferrari end their wait for a drivers' championship.
"I still have a mission here and I still want to win. That hasn't changed," Vettel told reporters ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
"Last race was a tough one to swallow and probably the winter will be as well. But giving up is not an option."
While he is targeting a fifth world title, Vettel knows he might not get an opportunity as good as this year.
"You never know whether you will get another chance." Vettel said.
"You never know what next year brings. Obviously I'll work very hard for it and I'm confident it will come but ultimately I don't know. You can't predict."
He went on: “I know my job and I know my role and I don’t think it will change next year in terms of what I have to do.
“Certainly there is a lot of stuff that happened this year and we will be able to, as a team and as an individual, be able to learn from it and take it forward and raise the bar next year.
“Obviously along the way something went wrong and we need to learn from it, something went wrong and we didn’t go and develop in the right direction.
“So clearly we missed something and not because something was on purpose by default set wrong. So it’s up to us to find a fix for it and make sure it doesn’t happen again, but it’s not so simple to find and fix it as it sounds.”
Formula 1 heads to Sao Paulo for the Brazilian Grand Prix from November 9-11 with coverage live on eir sport [Race 5.10pm Irish time]. Subscribe here
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