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Vettel – I am still nervous

Despite a dominant win in the Belgian Grand Prix that extended his championship lead yet further, Sebastian Vettel is taking nothing for granted
Sunday, August 25, 2013

SPA, Belgium, August 25th, 2013 (F1plus/G. Keilloh).- Sebastian Vettel dominated today’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. And his victory means that his lead in the drivers’ championship table is now 46 points, close to the points of two race wins.

However, the man himself insisted after the race that he is taking nothing for granted on the destination of this year’s championship. When asked if this year was a repeat of the 2011 season wherein Vettel won the title with races to spare, and therefore he could afford to relax, Vettel was dismissive:

“Maybe you have a different memory, but I remember from 2011 we were working very hard step by step and race by race…I wasn’t relaxed at the time, I was as nervous as I am today. It’s really step by step and not trying to be too smart, too clever, and thinking too far ahead.”

Vettel said today that today his focus was simply on winning the race, not on title considerations, particularly as his car was working so well around the Spa circuit.

“For sure it’s a positive message (on the championship) today, but I’m more happy to win the race today. It’s a fantastic track, and especially when the car works well you don’t want the race to stop.

“The car’s getting lighter and lighter and I was very comfortable at the end on the primes, and the car was just a pleasure to drive. I didn’t think about the championship or points…Another great memory today, so that’s what I was focussing on the most. The championship is a bonus.” The three-time champions said.

Vettel also refused to consider Kimi Raikkonen as out of the title hunt, after a non-finish for the Finn – amazingly his first in F1 since mid-2009 – due to brake problems resulted in him trailing Vettel by a whole 63 points.

“No (Raikkonen is not out of the title race), there’s more than 63 points that you can score before the end of the season. It’s obviously a shame for him but these things can happen, I had a technical failure in Silverstone and we lost the race, so it hurts. We’re pushing the cars on the limit and trying to get everything out of them, and things that have been on the limit can also break.” He concluded.

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