After facing mathematical elimination from 2018 Formula 1 constructor championship contention in the 19th race of the 21-race season, the Mexican Grand Prix, but not being eliminated in this race, Scuderia Ferrari are set to face mathematical elimination from constructor championship contention once again in the season's penultimate race, the Brazilian Grand Prix.
"I'm someone who really loves racing but the season is long".
"I'm hoping this weekend we can get the auto into the right place, so we can fight the Red Bulls and the Ferraris, who have seemed to come back more into shooting range".
Ferrari have earned six victories so far this season while Mercedes have earned nine, meaning that with two races remaining on the 2018 schedule, they can not possibly match, much less pass, the win total of the Brackley-based team.
"The turnaround is so short, you start preparing for your next season often as soon as the season is done", said the champion.
"Getting your mind turned".
He said, however, that it was still tough to find time to switch off and recover. "I think he thinks he can do it himself".
Ferrari trail Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport by 55 points (585 to 530) for the lead of the driver standings heading into the 71-lap race around the 15-turn, 2.677-mile (4.309-kilometer) Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Just 0.096 seconds separated the three drivers around one of the shortest tracks on the calendar.
"For sure he won it", he said. In the end, if you ask 10 people, they all have different views how it's been won or lost. "He won it. Fair play and congratulations to him".
Vettel has missed out on the championship twice in the last two years despite having a auto capable of challenging rivals Mercedes for victories.
The 33-year-old Briton, who secured his fifth drivers' title in Mexico two weeks ago, missed out on winning the championship in Brazil in his rookie season of 2007, but went back to grab his maiden title in dramatic fashion in 2008.
"That's what we're trying to do... and we'll see in two races' time".
"His motivation was to win the fifth title and now, and for next year, it is a personal feeling about what he wants".