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Buoyed by the win at the Singapore Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel got his campaign to retain his crown back on track after he reduced his deficit to championship leader Fernando Alonso.
The season for the Red Bull driver is reminiscent to his first title win in 2010, when during the championship he never led the standings but ensured he had enough points ahead of the season-finale in Abu Dhabi that year.
Alonso was the favourite to clinch the championship two years ago but the German snatched a win at the Yas Marina Circuit to emerge as the leader of the standings when it mattered the most.
“I don’t think Fernando would be too happy if it happened again in the last race,” Vettel said.
Team principal Christian Horner believes that the championship is still wide open with all the drivers in the top six still in with a chance for the coveted championship.
“Sebastian was 25 points down with two races to go that year,” Horner recalled. “So it demonstrates that anything is possible for any of the drivers.
“We need to keep taking points off Fernando which means ideally getting a few more cars between us and him,” he said referring to the 29 point gap. “It's just annoying that Fernando keeps popping up on the podium at the end of the Grand Prix.”
But the Ferrari driver may not be the biggest threat for Red Bull after McLaren displayed its dominance in the last four Grands Prix, although misfortune robbed it of a win in Singapore.
“They have made good progress since Hockenheim really. They brought some upgrades which seems to work well for them,” Horner noted. “But we got some good stuff in the pipeline. Also we've got some tracks coming up which will play into the characteristics of our car.
“We've got bits and pieces that we look into to get on the car between now and the end of the season and of course it's all relevant to next year as well with the continuity of the rules,” he added. “So we go into every race to try and get a little bit of performance over different venues. So every race we are trying to get something on the car.”