Champion Sebastian Vettel will approach the Abu Dhabi GP like any other race
German says winning title won't change his mentality this weekend
By William Esler. Last Updated: October 31, 2013 3:02pm
Sebastian Vettel says already clinching the World Championship will not influence how he approaches the Abu Dhabi GP this weekend.
The German wrapped up his fourth drivers' title with a six successive win in India and he could be forgiven for relaxing during the final three races of a demanding season.
Howeverm the 26-year-old says he will be treating this race like any other and trying to achieve the maximum.
"Every race is isolated and we always try to do our best," he told Sky Sports News.
"We have to work, step-by-step, get the homework done and prepare for the race and then we will see what we can get."
Victory for Vettel would keep alive his hopes equalling Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in the season and equal his hero's tally of seven consecutive wins.
As for who can stop him and his incredible run of form, the 26-year-old expects his main challengers to come from Lotus, Ferrari and Mercedes.
"Lotus have been quite competitive as well as Ferrari especially in the race and Mercedes seem to have overcome this ditch they have had in the last couple of races and had a strong race in India, so I think those three will be challenging us mostly," he added.
However, do not think that Vettel believes another victory is a foregone conclusion.
"I am not getting into the car and thinking that there is a guarantee that we will do well," he said in the FIA's press conference.
"Maybe that is the impression you get from the outside, obviously since the summer break we have won all the races, but we come here and there is no guarantee we will do well.
"So we have to give it everything we have - yes have a strong package, so I think we have reason to be confident - but I need the team and it is up to Mark and myself to push the car to the limit and get some good results. There is no guarantee from what we have been doing over the last couple of races."
The German once again was quizzed as to whether his achievements were down to him or the Red Bull car, but he says it has been a combination of both - just as it was for Fernando Alonso at Renault and Lewis Hamilton at McLaren.
"I think that is the way it always has been," he replied. When Lewis won his title in 2008 he was with a strong team facing strong drivers and the same with Fernando in 2005 and 2006. Even 20 or 30 years ago it has always been the name of the game. So I think that is how people remember the past and one day we will remember what it is we are doing now."
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is live only on Sky Sports F1 this weekend - with race coverage from 11.30am on Sunday