Sebastian Vettel said his focus in the United States Grand Prix will be firmly on his own race after comprehensively outperforming title rival Fernando Alonso in qualifying at the Circuit of the Americas.
While Vettel stormed to pole position as he maintained his record of topping the times in every session at the new Texas venue, Alonso could only take ninth spot after a more troubled run for Ferrari.
With a ten point lead going into the weekend, Vettel could wrap up the title for a third successive season if results go his way but he said his approach on race day would simply be to focus on his own race and not worry about what Alonso was doing.
“We have to look after ourselves and I'm very happy,” he said. “We had a smooth session, no issues. Yesterday afternoon was not ideal and we lost a little bit of time. These things can happen and they might happen again. So you never know and therefore it's the best strategy to keep your down and try to get the best, which I think was the target in qualifying.
“I'm very happy with the result but so far nobody has scored any points. I think we have seen at the last race how quickly things can change and even starting at the back does give you opportunities, so we need to wait and see. But for us we focus on our race and tomorrow we have the chance to seal the Constructors' Championship for the team so that's what Mark and I will probably be looking out for.”
Vettel had been expected to take pole with some ease only to be pushed hard by Lewis Hamilton, and he admitted that the McLaren man had been closer than he wanted.
“In the last section I would have loved to go a little bit quicker,” he said. “I think I lost a little bit in the first and the last sector. It was a little bit closer than I wanted with Lewis. But overall, fantastic. It's very important here to start from the front. We [the two Red Bull drivers] start on the clean side, both of us, so yeah, should be a good race tomorrow.”