Sebastian Vettel has rejected the idea of settling for fifth place in next weekend’s Indian Grand Prix as the German driver looks to seal his fourth world championship and become just the third driver in F1 history to win four consecutive titles.
The German driver needs a top five finish in the race to clinch the drivers’ championship, but he is keen on winning a third race in India in order to finish the job in style.
“I will race there with winning on my mind,” Vettel told the official Formula One website. “Why is it that people always underestimate races? Nothing is easy – not even P5 – and nothing comes for free. There is always a huge amount of work involved.”
Vettel also said that it was not possible for Red Bull – a team that has enjoyed notable success over the past five years – to focus on anything but winning the race.
“It is never our style to say: ‘Well, let’s focus on finishing fifth.’ We always attack as much as we can – it is in the DNA of the team.”
That said, Vettel did squander the chance to win the Japanese Grand Prix back in 2011 in favor of easing off to finish third and seal his second championship. Furthermore, Vettel won his third crown in 2012 by finishing the Brazilian Grand Prix in sixth, giving him a three-point advantage over Fernando Alonso in the final standings. However, under the circumstances, this did require a great amount of effort following a tangle at turn four that saw him drop to the back of the field.
Red Bull can also secure their fourth successive constructors’ championship in India, with Ferrari having to outscore the defending world champions by nineteen points to stay in contention heading to Abu Dhabi.