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Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari have made it 'too easy' for Mercedes

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-10-09 04:00:15

Sebastian Vettel admits Ferrari have made it "too easy" for Mercedes as their title challenge has unravelled in recent races.

Vettel's hopes of delivering Ferrari a first drivers' championship for 11 years appear all-but over after Lewis Hamilton opened a 67-point advantage in Japan on Sunday. Hamilton could clinch his fifth crown as early as the US GP next week if he wins and Vettel does not finish second.

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Vettel's Suzuka weekend lurched from one setback to another, first on Saturday when he qualified only eighth and then in the race when he collided with Max Verstappen. He eventually finished sixth while Hamilton cruised to a comfortable fourth win in succession.

Since winning the first race after the summer break at Spa, Vettel has been outscored by Hamilton by 50 points - a run which has left Ferrari's title quest in tatters.

"There is still a chance, but the last couple of races we made it a bit too easy for them," acknowledged Vettel on Sunday evening.

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