Championship leader Sebastian Vettel will celebrate his 100th Formula 1 race at United States Grand Prix. If he can set a top podium in the inaugural race at Austin, secure his third consecutive F1 drivers title with Red Bull and turn into the youngest triple world champion in F1 history.
The young double world champion successively completed 99 Grand Prix and took 26 race victory, 45 podium finish, also grabbed 35 Pole position. Vettel start his F1 career in 2007 at United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis F1 circuit.
In this season last five races Vettel earned 115 points and back to the top on the drivers’ title, now he is 10 points ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. In last Grand Prix at Abu Dhabi he made a remarkable drive from a pit-lane start to finish third on the podium.
Defending world champion also enjoyed with his 100th Grand Prix preparation. German said that winning the title has been an important goal – the most important thing I wanted to achieve in my life.
“Fernando [Alonso] looked much revved up on the podium having gone forward four places, while Seb had gone to the podium via losing his front wing,” said Horner.
“Seb [Vettel] is going about his job the way he does it. Mentally he is very strong. Before the race I went to see him to wish him good luck, and he is in there playing a drum kit with his trainer….
“He said, ‘I will see you later on the podium’. “He was the one guy in the briefing room on Saturday night – while the rest of us were ready to slit our wrists – who said he could do it. “It is that mental strength that he has that is one of his biggest assets.”
“As we have seen before, as we did last weekend, when you are on the edge things can go wrong,” he said. “And we cannot take anything for granted. We have to go to Austin to attack the weekend. It is a new track for everybody and we have to go there and get a good result.”
Vettel has conceded that he is amazed at how quickly he has clocked up his 99 races to date.Before last Sunday’s race, he said: “Well, 98 times so far when the lights went off, all 98 times I’ve been through the first corner – you don’t realize how quickly time goes by. “If you look back to the year I started F1, in 2007, it doesn’t feel like that long ago.
“It’s two years ago that we won the first championship and there have been so many races that have happened. When I wake up in the morning, all I think about is now. I’m not thinking about two years ago.”
“I think I have learned a lot. It’s the same for the team. It made us all tougher. The spirit hasn’t changed. We’re still hungry, but winning the title has been an important goal – the most important thing I wanted to achieve in my life.”
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