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Vettel: It's going to the wire

Sebastian Vettel predicts a season-long fight for the F1 title after the opening three races of the year
Sebastian Vettel has predicted that the fight for the 2010 F1 title will go to the wire following the opening three races of the year.

The first three races have seen three different winners, with Vettel's win in Malaysia following victories for Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button in Bahrain and Australia.

It means that, with three races complete, the top seven drivers in the championship standings are split by just nine points and Vettel said he expected it to remain the same throughout the year.

"Yes, for sure,” he was quoted by Sky Sports. “We've seen how quickly things can change from one race to another.

"In Malaysia we had the pace and we deserved the (one-two) result, especially after the first two races."

Vettel added that the 1-2 finish in Malaysia was an indication of how strong Red Bull can be after the first two races of the year were affected by mechanical issues.

"I would say that we have proved what our car can do when it holds together," he said. "To be fair, the failures we had at the first two races were very rare and unlucky, so it feels good to be back.

"We don't need this kind of motivation in the team as everyone loves what they are doing, but still, these results remind you why you are here."



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richard

April 08, 2010 9:29 PM

harvey. whats wrong with youthful exhuberance?? i have seen many drivers, far more experienced, showing the same emotions. if you were 22 and had just beaten some of the worlds best drivers, wouldnt you be a little bit happy??

50 Cent - Unregistered

April 08, 2010 3:16 PM

that's the half glass empty view...I don't agree with that since one of those races was a spark plug issue and you really have no control over that. That said, the next few races will be a good tell tell as they could have been easily (the RBR that is) the front runners at the top of the standings.



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