Title would be a great relief, admits Vettel
25 October 2013 – Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted that although he holds a comfortable advantage over Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso in the standings, claiming a fourth world title at this weekend's Indian Grand Prix "would be a great relief".
The German, who has won the past five races, can automatically secure the crown with a top five finish at the Buddh International Circuit, while Alonso is required to finish second or higher to have any hope of taking the title fight to Abu Dhabi.
"It would be a great relief because it's what we've been working so hard for the whole year," said Vettel. "We're in a great position with a good gap in the points table, but I don't come here thinking 'OK I have to do this, I have to do that' - I didn't do that the last three years. Sometimes I think it was good just to carry on, other times it was good not to know the figures and stats because it was speaking against us more than for us.
"The target [in India] is to win the race and then, should we do that, we know it's good enough to secure the title. It is something very special so I don't think it makes a lot of sense to talk about it beforehand because you just take away the excitement."
A fourth title win would bring 26-year-old Vettel level with Alain Prost, with only Juan Manuel Fangio (five) and Michael Schumacher (seven) ahead on the all-time list.