Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vettel Bids to Drive into the Record Books; German's So Close to an Historic Third Straight Title

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vettel Bids to Drive into the Record Books; German's So Close to an Historic Third Straight Title

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SEBASTIAN Vettel is hoping the highlight of his season is yet to come as he closes in on his third successive Formula One world title.

On the occasion of his 100th grand prix, Vettel can this weekend join legends Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as the only drivers to claim three championships in a row.

The 25-year-old Red Bull star needs to finish 15 points clear of nearest rival Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari on F1's return to the United States after a fiveyear absence.

The Circuit of The Americas, the purpose-built facility just outside Austin in Texas, stages the potential championshipdecider, with just 10 points separating the duo. A run of four consecutive victories, followed by a stunning drive from the pitlane to third in Abu Dhabi 11 days ago, has left Vettel within touching distance of another place in the sport's history books.

Before that, however, Vettel concedes to enduring "a rollercoaster ride", adding: "The only good news was everybody had checked in on that ride.

"Sometimes we didn't get the results we deserved, others we did, but we weren't happy with them, so it has not been the easiest season.

"We kept the belief from the very start and were never caught in a situation where we had to re-motivate ourselves to go out and fight for wins.

"Certainly, the fans have had the best Formula One for a long time - I would have loved it to be a little more boring at some stages.

"When you think back some years ago, when you were in the lead and had only 10 laps to go, you could have been pretty sure the race was yours.

"Today anything can happen until the moment you pass the chequered flag.

"The tyres keep results up in the air until the very last metres of the race.

"When you are in the hunt you still can turn it around, and when you are in the lead you can still lose it."

Vettel, after winning 11 races en route to his crushing title success last year, had to wait until the fourth race of this campaign for his opening victory. …

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