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Indian Grand Prix: Vettel not thinking of the title

Sebastian Vettel says he isn't thinking about the title despite storming to pole position for the Indian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel says he isn't thinking about winning the 2013 F1 title despite storming to pole position for the Indian Grand Prix.

Needing only a top five finish to secure the title for a fourth successive season, Vettel was untouchable in the session as he qualified seven tenths of a second quicker than the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg – putting him on top of the pile for the third year in a row at the Buddh International Circuit.

With closest rival Fernando Alonso down in eighth having qualified on the medium compound tyre, Vettel sits in the ideal position to wrap up the title on race day although the German said he wasn't thinking too much about the prize that may lie ahead.

“So far it's been a brilliant weekend,” he said. “The car was very good from the moment we hit the track yesterday and we haven't had to change a lot. In qualifying, things got better as the circuit ramped up and the car was amazing. This is a great circuit and it's not a secret that if the car behaves in the middle part of the lap, you'll enjoy it.

“This is a great result for the team, especially with Mark in fourth on a different strategy so we'll see what the race brings. I'm trying not to think about the championship but it is hard when every other person asks the same question. Tomorrow is a long race but we have a quick package and should be in good shape.”

With Mark Webber using the hard tyre to go fourth, Red Bull elected to split the strategy between its two drivers and team boss Christian Horner said he wasn't sure which one would prove to be the right call.

“We don't know at moment,” he said. “We look at strategy and it was discussed with the driver and their engineer and the two sides elected to go with different routes. I told Mark that if he got into the top six it would be like pole, so be fourth on the grid means he will sleep well tonight.

“Our focus is to win the race and both drivers have a chance to do that. I'm not sure which is the better route, but it's good to have both drivers up there.”






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Taipan

October 26, 2013 7:28 PM

Chapman, No Lulu is just showing an incredible amount of disrespect for a soon to be 4 time champion. Even if that was his view he should do the decent thing for once and STFU.

Taipan

October 26, 2013 2:23 PM

Oh well the Cat in the Hat has put his foot in it again. Lulu told AS - "if Fernando had been in that car he would be far beyond where Vettel is now. He would have won even more easily" At least it gives Merc's PR lady another opportunity to take to twitter and clarify your thoughts, again. She might even manage to make it sound like you're not eaten up by jealousy!



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