Vettel: Title mind games a waste of energy

© Ubaid Parkar, 18 October 2012
AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

After a recent run of commanding performances, Sebastian Vettel is in the driving seat to clinch his third championship in a row but the German isn’t counting his chickens just yet.

The Red Bull driver has won three races on the trot and as a result has emerged as the new leader of the standings with four Grands Prix to go against an under-par Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, but the defending champion warned not to take the situation for granted.

"What I think is important is that we have to keep things simple,” Vettel was quoted saying on the official Formula 1 website. “That means that we have to concentrate on ourselves - because we cannot influence what others are doing and starting mind games now about what others will do in the next races is a waste of energy.

“It is obvious this season that things can change quite fast, so there is no guarantee that luck will stay on our side. So ‘keep on pushing’ should be our motto for the last four races,” the 25-year-old pointed out despite hitting a purple patch of form at the right time.

“You have all seen us this year - for many months it was something of a real roller-coaster ride, but we finally found our strength again and since Singapore it works. (In Korea) the team did everything right, and I didn’t do anything stupid - we sure want to keep it that way!” he laughed.


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