We never stopped believing, says Vettel
19 December 2012 – Sebastian Vettel says the key to his 2012 title success was never giving up, with the Red Bull driver having to overturn a 44 point deficit to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the second half of the season. After standing on the podium just three times in the first ten races, the German bounced back to win four on the trot from Japan to India.
"What was key this year was that we never stopped believing," Vettel explained to the official Formula 1 website. "And believe me, that is easier said than done. There are so many ‘experts’ out there making throwaway remarks about who will be the champion and who the loser, and you don’t have to let that get to you. Not the positive and not the negative.
"You have to focus completely on your own business and never worry about what other people do or don’t do. What some of my competitors might have underestimated - but which probably was a huge cornerstone of the success - is the understanding that every single point counts.
"Only three points - nearly even less - stood between first and second in the end, between having your name on the trophy again or not."
Vettel is targeting a fourth world title in 2013. If he is successful in his bid, he will move level with French motor racing legend Alain Prost in the all-time record books.