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Vettel: One step at at time in championship chase

Oct 6, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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Following his win in Korea today, Sebastian Vettel has refused to get ahead of himself despite having the chance to seal his fourth world championship at next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.

The German driver controlled the race from start to finish, only losing the lead momentarily at his first pit stop. With closest rival Fernando Alonso languishing down in sixth, Vettel can seal the championship in Japan if he wins the race and Alonso finishes no higher than ninth. However, he is refusing to get ahead of himself, instead basking in the glory of his fourth consecutive win.

“It was a very strong performance from the whole team and I’m happy,” Vettel said. “We’re just focusing on continuing to take one step at a time and trying to get the best out of the car at every single race.”

He identified the start as being crucial to his win that also marked the first time in the history of the Korean Grand Prix that the pole-sitter has claimed the victory.

“The start was crucial, it’s always tricky here as you’re nervous about the long straight when you start from pole,” he said. “Fortunately we had good traction off the line and I had a strong exit out of the first corner. We kept the lead and tried to control the race from there.”

Heading to Japan, Vettel will be full of confidence as Suzuka is one of his favorite circuits, winning three times at the venue as well as clinching his second title there in 2011.

  1. worknman24hours - Oct 6, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Japan is one of Vettel’s favorite races -he will win it with ease.

    So far ahead of everyone else, the other teams will all hang their heads jn shame for being so slow.

    Honestly, no bs- Vettel is amazing at Japan.

    His in car will be worth watching the entire race-please show it, Formula One.

  2. worknman24hours - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    I cannot stress just how damn fast Vettel is in the Red Bull at Japan.

    His qualifying laps there are something to see.

    Very-very on the limit.

    Not since Ayrton Senna have I seen a driver go as far into the apex before braking to make the corners.

    That takes a profound faith in yourself and the car you are given to drive.

    Simply amazing.

  3. apexassassin - Oct 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Just imagine if he didn’t have to baby the tires!!!

    Boycott Pirelli!!!!!!!!!

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