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Vettel 'needs' Italian GP win.

Sebastian Vettel has admitted that it is imperative for him to return to the top step of the Monza podium at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix if he is to mount a late challenge for the Formula One world title.

Although the German remains in mathematical contention for the crown, sitting 19 points behind leader Jenson Button with five races remaining, he knows that he needs to be outscoring the Brawn driver by at least four points per round, with a victory obviously the best way of achieving that given the close nature of this year's field.

Vettel, of course, confirmed his F1 breakthrough a year ago, taking a sensational, tactical win for the Toro Rosso team after dominating a wet weekend, and heads back to Monza knowing that, in Red Bull's RB5, he has a weapon capable of taking him back to the top of the tree.

"Is it really already one year ago?" the youngster joked with the official F1 website, "Of course, [there are] good memories as the podium here is very special, with all the fans, and I would appreciate it very much to be back on the podium on Sunday. But there is a lot of work that comes first.

"I hope that we perform stronger this weekend [than we did in Belgium]. If the car is good enough to win, then we have to win. In Spa, we could not, but we had a good race and did everything that we could do. In general, we never were really struggling with pace - even though we sometimes were not able to win the race, we still had a very good pace to finish third, fourth or fifth, and not much worse than that.

"However, if we want to keep our chances [of winning the title], it is vital that we win this race. Be sure that we will try everything to make it happen."

Repeating his 2008 victory, however, may have to rely on another intervention from the weather gods, with Vettel admitting that, without at least a little rain, it is going to be hard to see off the KERS-equipped cars of McLaren and Ferrari - and, if it gets its head around the resurrection of its system, Renault.

"I predict that we will be in good shape, but how good will depend on how big the effect of KERS is - especially with Renault running it," the German noted, "How big the effect of KERS will be we will know tomorrow.

"With no testing and no experience of this circuit, we don't know. Either we have a good surprise or a bad surprise tomorrow for all of the non-KERS cars. Overtaking the KERS cars is never easy and, at a place like here, where you have more straights than anywhere else, it is even harder.




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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull RB5, German F1 Grand Prix, Nurburgring, 10-12th, July 2009
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
27.11.2016 - Race,Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H  leads Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

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