Vettel prepares for 100th Grand Prix start
12 November 2012 – Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel will hit a milestone in Austin on Sunday, with the German preparing to make his 100th Grand Prix start. After his initial debut for BMW Sauber in 2007, he switched to Toro Rosso to begin his full-time Formula 1 career.
"It’s all gone so quickly," Vettel told the official Formula 1 website ahead of America. "One hundred is a big number - one hundred Grands Prix sounds a lot: one hundred starts, one hundred times surviving the first corner. If I reflect on it, it doesn’t feel so long ago that I broke into Formula 1. That shows me that time flies when you do something that you really like and enjoy. So let’s focus on the second hundred!"
Ahead of the final two races in America and Brazil, Vettel is remaining grounded and admits that 'anything can happen' before the very last chequered flag falls.
"I personally would have loved it to be a little bit more boring at some stages," said Vettel, who is aiming for a third Drivers' crown in a row. "When you think back some years ago, when you were in the lead and had only ten laps to go you could have been pretty sure that the race was yours. Today anything can happen until the moment you pass the chequered flag.
"The tyres keep results up in the air until the very last metres of the race. When you are in the hunt you still can turn it around and when you are in the lead you can still lose it!"
Vettel's Grand Prix debut came at the United States Grand Prix of 2007, when he substituted for the injured Robert Kubica who was recovering from a heavy crash.