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Vettel insists attitude has not changed

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Sebastian Vettel insists his attitude to F1 has not changed despite going from a period of dominance to frustration in such a short amount of time.

Vettel came into the season as a four-time world champion, rounding off 2013 with an incredible nine consecutive victories, but his struggles alongside Daniel Ricciardo this season have been well-documented. His frustrating season continued in Austria with an early electrical failure effectively destroying his race but Vettel says he is always focused on getting the most out of every race weekend regardless of form.

"In the end it's part of the game," Vettel said. "You have good times and you have bad times. I'm not stressing too much about it, obviously some of the races I've had have been very short and I didn't see the chequered flag but that's life sometimes.

"You race with what you have, and currently we don't have the car to win unless something out of the ordinary is happening ... It doesn't really matter because you still try to get the maximum out of your package. We had races where we succeeded this year, we had races where we didn't succeed, we had races where we had different problems so ultimately you just try to achieve your maximum. You're happy if you are and unhappy if you don't."

Vettel famously received boos at certain points last season during his incredible late run, something he said at the time upset him. Now another team is dominating proceedings at the front Vettel says he understands why some fans reacted in that way to his success.

"To get the booing? The first time, yes [it upset me], because at the end you try to do a good job and you are happy if people appreciate that. If you think you did the right thing and a good job and people don't appreciate by booing then it hurts.

"Equally it was quite funny when I was on the podium in Montreal, and we won the race with Daniel [Ricciardo], and Nico [Rosberg] was P2 but I think people were quite happy that he didn't win. It has been now seven races with Mercedes very dominant but he has already received some booing because they've won every race so far, so it's normal."

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