SILVERSTONE – Instead of challenging Lewis Hamilton for the Formula One world title, Sebastian Vettel finds himself 100 points back ahead of his German home race in a fortnight.
Ferrari's Vettel reached a new season low when he crashed into the Red Bull of Max Verstappen on Sunday as they battled for third place in a thrilling British Grand Prix.
Race stewards imposed a 10-second penalty on the German and he limped home in 16th place – remaining on 123 points after 10 of 21 season races and now exactly 100 points (or four victories) behind the rampant Mercedes star Hamilton.
"It was my mistake," Vettel admitted when it was all over and he had apologised to Verstappen who finished fifth.
"Of course it is annoying. Of course I am not satisfied. But much more than fourth place would have not been possible."