Newly-crowned Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel has insisted that there is “no guarantee” that he will easily secure what would be his seventh successive race victory this weekend in Abu Dhabi. Despite his recent competitiveness, the four-time World Champion still believes others can thwart him around the Yas Marina Circuit.
Only several days after his illustrious race victory around the Buddh International Circuit which saw him finally crowned World Champion, Sebastian Vettel is remaining focused on the next race at hand. Although no-one can catch him or Red Bull in the Championship, the German sensation is still targeting competitive results as the battle for 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Drivers’ Championship rages on. However, the Red Bull ace has voiced strongly against the belief that he will simply romp to yet another victory this weekend.
Admittedly Sebastian Vettel is the man with the target on his back heading into this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the 27-year-old the only driver to have won a race since the end of the summer break in August. Despite this widespread assumption throughout the paddock and fans alike, Sebastian Vettel is fully aware that the likes of Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen will be eager to pounce should the German become too complacent. This time last season he was disqualified from qualifying after he ran out of fuel during his return to the pits after initially qualifying 3rd behind team-mate Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton. This eventuality saw him start from the pit-lane, and scythe his way through the pack to eventually finish a memorable 3rd.
“To be honest, I’m not getting in the car and thinking that there’s a guarantee that we will do well.” Insisted Sebastian Vettel during the FIA drivers’ press conference. “Maybe that’s a little bit the impression that you get from the outside; obviously since the summer break we’ve won all the races but we come here and there’s absolutely no guarantee that we will do well, so we have to give it everything we have. Yes, we have a strong package so I think we have reason to be confident. I need the team, I think the team needs Mark [Webber] and myself to push the car to the limit and to get some good results. There’s no guarantee for what we’ve been doing the last couple of races to make it last.”
Should Sebastian Vettel storm to yet another victory this weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he will equal Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher’s record of seven consecutive race victories. This would mean a victory thereafter would see him set a new record in the sport for the most amount of victories. However, as the four-time World Champion himself has reiterated: there is no guarantee such victories will occur.
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