Vettel Still Hungry for Race Wins

Cape Times (South Africa), September 15, 2011 | Go to article overview

Vettel Still Hungry for Race Wins


TO THOSE who still had any doubt, Sebastian Vettel proved himself a worthy Formula One world champion with his emphatic win at last Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

For a man who could easily have sat back and earned safe points finishes in the remaining races to assure himself of the title, the Red Bull driver produced one of the most daring overtaking moves of the season when, with two wheels on the grass in a 250km/h corner, he passed a hard-defending Fernando Alonso to take the lead at Monza and race on to his eighth victory of the season.

The passing manoeuvre will quell any perceptions that Vettel likes to lead from the front and can't overtake, but what will have earned him equal respect was his reaction afterwards.

Instead of bleating about Alonso's dangerous driving as many a driver might have, he laughed it off as a robust but enjoyable dice and joked freely with Alonso about it en route to the podium and in the post-race interviews.

A good driver and a good sport.

The German now enjoys a 112 point lead with a maximum of 150 up for grabs in the remaining six races and looks certain to become the youngest back-to-back champion in Formula One history, and he could theoretically snap up the title as early as the next race, the Singapore GP on 25 September.

Vettel and Red Bull have no intention of easing up on the accelerator however.

"Our approach to Singapore will be exactly the same as every Grand Prix so far this year," team principal Christian Horner said. …

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