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.

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

MotoGP Fabio Quartararo
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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.