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Sebastian Vettel is refusing get carried away with his extended Drivers' Championship advantage after the Indian Grand Prix, with the German claiming a dominant fourth consecutive victory. The Red Bull driver now leads chief rival Fernando Alonso by 13 points, but he is staying grounded ahead of the final three races.
"It has been incredible, two years for us here with pole and then the win," Vettel began. "I'm very, very happy to pick up another nice trophy. It's a very special Grand Prix, I like the flow of the circuit. I must say a big thanks to the team, every single member.
"We're pushing very hard, it's not one thing that stands out and makes the difference. All of us are working hand in hand, whether it be here at the track or back at the factory in Milton Keynes."
When asked if he now has one hand on the title, having led every lap for the past three Grands Prix, Vettel refused to get carried away and is already focusing on Abu Dhabi.
"Well, the other hand is Fernando's and there are others as well," he joked. "It was another good step for us but there's a long way to go. We've seen this year how quickly things can change. It's so fantastic to be up here and when everything works the way you want it to. I'm very, very proud, but that was today and now we're focusing on Abu Dhabi. There's a lot more to come and we need to take things step by step."
The conclusion to this year's title race will see the Formula 1 fraternity travel to Abu Dhabi, America and Brazil over the next month, with a potential 75 points available.
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