Sebastian Vettel insists he is ready to secure the F1 drivers' title this weekend in Japan having admitted for the first time that it 'should not be a big problem' to take the single point he needs to become a double champion.
The Red Bull Racing driver has been odds on for the championship for some time after a stunning season so far, but has always talked down his hopes of winning the title for a second successive year; insisting that the title fight isn't over until it is over.
However, with just one point required to put him out of reach of his last remaining rival for the crown, the German insisted he was readying himself for the moment when he is crowned.
"I feel capable of scoring the point I need, but I still have to do it,” he was quoted by Sporting Life
. "Obviously with the races we've had so far it should not be a big problem, but it's over when it's over and not before.
"Statistically the chances are on our side. But generally in sports there have been a lot of stories written, and this one also has to wait to be closed first."
Vettel added that his success this season was down to the work put in by the Red Bull team to give him the best package with which to defend the title he won last season.
"The team is doing a great job, and I'm feeling very comfortable within the team and with the car," he said. "Everything seems to work and we are on top of our game. Everyone is able to rely on the other and together we are pulling in the same direction.
"I think it's very enjoyable at the moment. The car is obviously fantastic and most of the time we have a good Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening."