Vettel: One step at at time in championship chase

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Following his win in Korea today, Sebastian Vettel has refused to get ahead of himself despite having the chance to seal his fourth world championship at next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.

The German driver controlled the race from start to finish, only losing the lead momentarily at his first pit stop. With closest rival Fernando Alonso languishing down in sixth, Vettel can seal the championship in Japan if he wins the race and Alonso finishes no higher than ninth. However, he is refusing to get ahead of himself, instead basking in the glory of his fourth consecutive win.

“It was a very strong performance from the whole team and I’m happy,” Vettel said. “We’re just focusing on continuing to take one step at a time and trying to get the best out of the car at every single race.”

He identified the start as being crucial to his win that also marked the first time in the history of the Korean Grand Prix that the pole-sitter has claimed the victory.

“The start was crucial, it’s always tricky here as you’re nervous about the long straight when you start from pole,” he said. “Fortunately we had good traction off the line and I had a strong exit out of the first corner. We kept the lead and tried to control the race from there.”

Heading to Japan, Vettel will be full of confidence as Suzuka is one of his favorite circuits, winning three times at the venue as well as clinching his second title there in 2011.

Dakar Rally Stage 10 video highlights: Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Quads

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After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.

Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.

Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:

BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.

CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10

Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.

TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.

 

QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.

Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.