Formula One: Sebastian Vettel ranks sealing title higher than winning Indian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel enters the Indian Grand Prix with a huge 90-point lead over closest Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso and needs to finish just inside top-5 to secure his fourth straight title.
On the cusp of securing a historic fourth world title in three days' time Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel says it does not bother him if he wins it in India or somewhere else but surely it will be a big relief if he could pull it off this weekend. (Indian Grand Prix timings)
Coming to India, Vettel has a huge 90-point lead over closest Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso and needs to finish just inside top-5 to secure his fourth straight title.
"It's looking pretty good but we are focused on the job at hands this weekend. The target is to get the maximum both for the race and for the championship. For sure it's nice to have the opportunity but I am not trying to focus on that, the focus is on the race. Most important part is that we win the championship it does not matter where and when," Vettel said.
However, the 26-year-old said it would be great if he could wrap it up on Sunday but he won't talk much about it as it would kill the excitement.
"For sure it will be a great relief because it is the ultimate thing for which we work so hard all year. We are in a good position but I don't come here, thinking I can do this or that. The target is to win the race and should we do that is good enough to secure the title, it is something very special so it does not make sense talking about it beforehand because it takes away the excitement," the German ace said.
Reminded that he would be joining a rare list of drivers, who have won F1 four times in a row, Vettel said, "It would be very special but I don't look back (past records of drivers), we don't live in the past. It's incredible what we have achieved in the last three years and up to this stage."
Vettel's dominance, his easy victories have invited boos from the crowd and even some drivers said that F1 has become boring with the Red Bull driver winning everything.
Asked what he expects from the Indian crowd, he said, "I go into this weekend not expecting anything. I expect to be competitive but you cannot expect to win and reactions that you might get. I don't really think about that. I just hope that this year we will have more people in the stands, specially on Sunday."
Talking about his strengths and weaknesses, Vettel says, "You have lot of experts and they can judge. I don't like talking about myself, especially strengths. As for weaknesses, I am very stubborn, sometimes too stubborn and it takes a little while to realise some things."