A defiant Sebastian Vettel
has responded to his detractors in the wake of his calamitous performance in the Belgian Grand Prix
just over a week ago, by vowing to fight back stronger than ever before and insisting: “I will
take the title!”
Whilst running in third position at Spa-Francorchamps, Vettel lost control of his Red Bull
Racing RB6 as he lined himself up for a move on defending F1 World Champion Jenson Button
directly ahead of him heading into the Bus-Stop Chicane on lap 16.
Spearing into the side of the McLaren-Mercedes, the 23-year-old removed his rival from contention on the spot and did a great deal of damage to his own chances of clinching the crown into the bargain, with what was the latest in a series of impetuous, high-profile errors this season.
A resultant puncture, drive-through penalty for his indiscretion and subsequent coming-together with Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi
at the same part of the circuit saw to it that the young German would leave the Ardennes with no points in his pocket and having slipped to some 31 markers adrift of new F1 2010 World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton
– but the man who has set pole position for more than half of the 13 grands prix to-date this year remains adamant that he will not ultimately be denied the prize he clearly believes he deserves.
“I know how good we are,” asserted the Heppenheim native in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport
. “I will take the title. Someone who has the most pole positions must think that way. These 13 races have not run completely smoothly, but I'm only 31 points behind. Assuming we maintain our speed, we can catch up quickly. In the end, it makes you a better driver – but I'm also someone who can put things in the past and look ahead when the next morning comes.”