Tricky Italian Grand Prix may challenge confident Sebastian Vettel

Vettel, who has won the Italian GP twice so far in his career, will look to extend his lead at the top of the drivers championship.

Updated: September 02, 2013 14:21 IST
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Sebastian Vettel has registered five wins for Red Bull in the ongoing F1 season but admits that the upcoming Italian Grand Prix will be tricky.

Although the three-time F1 champion said he is confident of carrying his sublime form to Monza, the German added that history at the Autodromo di Monza was not much to learn from for his team. "It's very difficult to predict," he was quoted as saying by "We have had painful years there in a way, where we just get hammered down the straights and we've had years where the loss down the straight was limited, so we could come back in the corners. For sure, if you look back, the 2011 experience was great in that regard. How it turns out to be this year it's difficult to say."

Form so far has been extremely generous to the 26-year-old this season with Vettel cruising to a dominant win in the last race - at Belgium. "I think we can be quite confident. We had a good race in Canada and we had a very good race at Spa, which are both medium downforce type of tracks, so I hope that our low downforce package goes in the same direction."

Vettel (197 points this season) has won the Italian Grand Prix twice so far and this year, will look to extend his lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso (151) and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (139). Although Hamilton had previously said that he is not ready to throw in the towel just yet and will hit back hard, Vettel is expected more to eye the chequered flag than his rear-view mirror, going forward.

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