Sebastian Vettel has insisted that the title fight is by no means over, despite his recent domination.
The Red Bull
pilot has enjoyed a remarkable run since taking his second win of the season in Singapore, and with victories in Japan, Korea and India following in quick succession, he now lies 13 points up on arch rival, Fernando Alonso.
With three races left, however, including this weekend's event in Abu Dhahi, where Vettel will be out to make it five wins on the trot, the German isn't taking anything for granted.
“It will be tough [to win the title], but it has been like that all season long, so I don't expect the situation to ease up,” Vettel told the Press Association
ahead of the 18th round in the 2012 F1 World Championship.
“We know we still have to go full throttle, and of course it helps to finish the races ahead of him [Alonso]. To understand that you don't have to be a genius.
“So for this weekend in Abu Dhabi the same level of concentration and skill is what is needed if we are to stay in front because with three races to go a comfortable lead is an elusive thing.
“Of course, going there as leader in the standings makes the track even more enjoyable where I hope we will sail on the tailwind of our four wins and add a fifth.”
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner meanwhile is similarly cautious and while the Adrian Newey-designed RB8 may currently be the class of the field, he too believes that the title fight is 'completely open'.
“It's already a personal best for Sebastian to have won four races in succession (in one season). That is remarkable bearing in mind we turned up in Singapore with Sebastian having won only one race before that,” Horner added.
“So he's hit a purple patch of form at exactly the right time in the championship, and for us it's vital to keep that momentum running.
“We've got ourselves into a great position in the constructors' championship, but in the drivers' championship we can see it is still completely open. Thirteen points, which is all that currently splits the drivers, basically equates to a third place in a race.
“With 75 points available from the final three races, it's going to be crucial for us to make sure we have perfect weekends.”