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Hungarian Grand Prix: Vettel not thinking about title 'too much'

Sebastian Vettel: It's good to know that you're in a strong position - and that the others have to get there first - but we are only at midseason...
Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has said he is not thinking about the championship 'too much' at this stage, as there still a long way to go and 'anything could happen' over the remaining ten events.

Vettel heads into Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, the tenth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship, and the final event before F1's summer break, with a 34-point lead over Fernando Alonso, his nearest rival in the Drivers' classification.

The German is currently the favourite to take the crown again, and will be gunning for his fifth win of the year this weekend at the Hungaroring.

So can any of his rivals stop him from winning the Drivers' title for the fourth year in succession?

“Nobody, I hope!” he replied in an interview with the official F1 site. “But if you ask the others they probably will tell you that they're trying very hard. But, honestly, I am not thinking about the championship and the title too much.

“It's good to know that you're in a strong position - and that the others have to get there first - but we are only at midseason so anything could happen between now and the Brazilian chequered flag. If you look back to last year, or 2010 - 2011 was a bit of an exception - it was going down to the wire. So never feel too comfortable where you are - it might be gone fast,” he added.

Pressed on who he sees as his biggest threat, Vettel was logical in his reply: “The first three [after me] on the scoreboard of course [Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton]. Fernando and Kimi are consistent and quick. And never underestimate Mercedes - they've made a huge leap forward from the first couple of races.

“Tyres are changing again, so this could mix up the whole matter too. We will see some mixing up even this weekend: new tyres, a unique circuit and very high temperatures - that could result in some surprises,” he predicted.

As for comments from Alonso along the lines of 'anyone driving a Red Bull could come first' - mind games anyone? - Vettel unsurprisingly doesn't agree.

“No, I disagree. I know how much work is behind the effort, so his saying that has no relevance whatsoever. Sure, we have a very strong package, but that doesn't fall from heaven. Those who say that should first look at their own situation and how they can enhance it. Every one of our wins or podium finishes didn't come for free - I know that because I was in the car!”




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26.07.2013- Free practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
26.07.2013- Free practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
26.07.2013- Free practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
26.07.2013- Free practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
26.07.2013- Free practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
25.07.2013- Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
25.07.2013- Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9

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