Vettel keeping feet firmly on the ground
27 August 2013 – Sebastian Vettel has refused to get carried away with his growing title lead, insisting that the gap can be slashed during the final eight races of the season.
Having claimed an emphatic Belgian Grand Prix victory, the reigning World Champion now heads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by a margin of 46 points as the last race of the European leg approaches, meaning he cannot be usurped until at least Singapore.
But with 200 points still on offer, he says a potential fourth crown is far from secure.
"I was happy with the win, I didn't really focus on the championship too much," the Red Bull driver told Sky Sports. "It was more about the race because it was a nice race and very special the way we won. I enjoyed that a lot, it gives a lot of satisfaction. It gives 25 points as well which is good for the championship; I'm sure we don’t mind, but there’s still a long way to go.
"I have proven myself in 2010 and 2012 how quickly you can come back. In that regard we will just try to continue step by step and not get carried away with anything else and just focus on the job."
Expanding upon his key rivals as the campaign approaches its late flyaway phase, Vettel reckons Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton are all ongoing threats.
"I'm not completely aware of what's going on behind because I'm not a fan of looking at the scoreboard every minute," said Vettel. "But Fernando has proven to be very, very consistent. Kimi, even though he didn’t have the best race [in Belgium] and had to retire, has always been in the points in every single race. Lewis proved to have a very strong package together with Mercedes. And in fairness, so does Nico. He didn't have the best start to the season so he's lacking a little bit of points in that regard."
He concluded: "At the end of the day I keep it very simple, on purpose as well. There are a lot of points still out there to get, and definitely more points than my lead."