Italy

Last Race: 07th Sep Italy

Italy GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Felipe Massa

Vettel: A long way to go

Sunday 14th October 2012

Share:

Vettel: A long way to go

Vettel: A long way to go

Sebastian Vettel may have taken the lead in the Drivers' Championship but the Red Bull driver knows the team cannot afford to rest on their laurels if they are to claim the title.

The German's win at Sunday's Korean Grand Prix was his third on the trot, a run which saw him first close the gap to Fernando Alonso and then edge six points ahead of the Spaniard in the battle for the Championship honours.

With four races remaining in the season anything is still possible but with the momentum in their favour, Red Bull will be feeling upbeat about the run in to the end of the season - a period Vettel is relishing.

"I'm looking forward to next couple of races," he said.

"The team have been flat out on the car since Japan and that's what we need.

"We have another step and that is exactly what we need and hopefully we can carry the momentum through to the next races."

"The Championship has gone up and down. We have to focus on ourselves, we need to have our best possible results and we go from there," he added.

"At the end of the year if we have enough points there will be lots of people telling us so we don't have to worry about it ourselves."

Having started second on the grid, the reigning World Champion nicked the lead off team-mate Mark Webber heading into the first corner at the Korea International Circuit and he never looked back, leading for the remainder of the race.

"I'm very pleased. It's fantastic," the 25-year-old said of his performance.

"The foundation was to have a good start. I wasn't sure because I was starting on the dirty side but I had a good launch and managed to get past Mark. But it wasn't over, it's a long way and even in seventh gear I could hear Mark coming."

Tyre wear was a worry for all the teams ahead of the race and Red Bull became more and more concerned that Vettel's front right tyre wouldn't go the distance, constantly urging their man to protect it.

"We were a bit worried about the front wheel because we've seen a lot of people locking up and overshooting the apexes," explained Vettel.

Related Links
Vettel Takes The Korean Win & Title Lead

Gallery: Race Day In Italy

Editor's Picks

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Ferrari fans needn't be worried about new boss Sergio Marchionne - he comes with a pedigree of turning round businesses...

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Luca di Montezemolo is Ferrari through and through, from spending time as Enzo Ferrari's assistant to assuming control in 1991...

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Twice this season Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of deliberately making a mistake. Was Monza number three?

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Andrew Davies tuned into the latest episode of the 'Lewis vs Nico' drama, and he wasn't disappointed...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...