Sebastian Vettel has warned his rivals that his focus for the new F1 season is firmly on securing the championship title for a third straight season.

The German dominated the 2011 campaign to become a double champion and starts the new season in Australia this weekend looking to join a select band of drivers to be champion for three successive years.

Speaking ahead of the opening round of the year, Vettel insisted he is as motivated as ever to succeed and would be 'upset' if someone was to beat him.

"My target is always to win the world championship," he told Sporting Life "After winning my first title it was a great relief in many ways because I proved to myself I could do it. It was also important because it is something no one can take from me. But that doesn't mean you don't care what happens next. In fact, it is the opposite.

"You know it all starts again, everyone starts from zero again, and so naturally you want to do it again.
"I have never had to ask myself the question 'do I want this again?' or 'why am I here?'. So far it has been completely natural and nothing has changed. I am still hungry, and I still get upset when someone beats me - which is a good thing for sure.

"Everyone gets beaten one day, although it's not about that particular day but how you come back because there is nothing wrong with losing."

Going into the first round of the year, Vettel admitted he would have preferred to have more time at the wheel of the RB8 during testing after mechanical issues on his final day of running but said such problems were part and parcel of testing.

"We would have loved to have done more, but the reliability is not disastrous," he said. "It might look worse than it is. The issues we had, we found a solution and pretty quickly, but obviously you cannot always react on the same day.

"Here we are all set and we will see how we get on, but like every year, cars are built on the limit. With the regulations very similar you try to push the boundaries a little more, that is F1. Cars do break from time to time."

Vettel has also confirmed that his new car will be called Abbey - following in the footsteps of Kate's Dirty Sister, Randy Mandy and Kinky Kylie.

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