Saturday 20 January 2018

I’m not under any pressure to wrap up F1, says Sebastian Vettel

SEBASTIAN Vettel is adamant he is not feeling under any additional pressure this weekend to wrap up his second Formula One title.

Red Bull star Vettel stands on the brink of becoming the youngest back-to-back and double world champion in F1 history in Singapore on Sunday.

With a 112-point cushion over nearest rival Fernando Alonso, and with just 150 now available, Vettel simply has to be 125 ahead to write his place in the annals of the sport.

Vettel, who has chalked up eight wins and 10 poles this season and is closing in on the individual records in those categories, said: "There is always pressure on me and the team.

"We always want to achieve our best, our maximum every single weekend, and if there is a possibility, a chance to win (a race), then we want to go for it.

"But I don't feel any extra pressure trying to win the championship here or in one particular place.

"We just have to remind ourselves of the target coming into the season, which was not to win the title by Singapore, just to win the championship itself.

"That's why this race is just as important as all the others."

There are a myriad of permutations that could unfold on Sunday, however the bottom line is Vettel has to finish on the podium to have a chance of being crowned champion, otherwise the situation rumbles on to Japan in a fortnight's time.

Not that the 24-year-old is becoming bogged down with the possible outcomes, adding: "So far we haven't won anything.

"We're obviously in a good position, so we just have to do our normal job and achieve our best on what is one of the most difficult tracks for both the car and driver.

"First of all there is a long way to go to the chequered flag. This is the longest race on the calendar in terms of time.

"I know a lot of people are talking about it (winning the title), but certain things have to happen.

"It reminds me a little of the situation we faced in Abu Dhabi last year where people came up to me every few minutes telling me of the 1,467 different scenarios.

"So that is not of importance or the objective this weekend. The target is simply to optimise our performance.

"As I have said, our target coming into the season was to defend our title.

"It doesn't matter to us when it happens, it simply matters that it happens, and that's what we're working towards."

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