Sebastian Vettel says he won't be spooked if rain throws curve ball into Brazil decider
Championship leader admits he is in a "great position" for the title
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 22/11/12 5:30pm
An unflustered Sebastian Vettel has insisted that he has no fears about predictions of rain for this weekend at Interlagos.
The Red Bull driver arrives at the season-ending showdown boasting a thirteen-point lead over the only other driver who can thwart his ambitions of landing a third successive title, Fernando Alonso.
By common consent, Vettel's biggest threat is likely to come from the skies, with a downpour forecast for race day, or the gremlins in Red Bull's alternators which have resulted in three retirements for the team's drivers - two for Vettel, and one last week at Austin for his team-mate Mark Webber - this season.
However, appearing alongside his title rival in Thursday's press conference at Interlagos, Vettel cut a characteristically relaxed figure, saying that it would be no surprise to either him or Red Bull if wild weather suddenly reared its head.
"I think in terms of general preparation we do what we can; weather wise...it's Sao Paulo," he said, with a knowing smirk.
"It's the same as if you go to Spa, things change quickly and the weather changes a lot here.
"I spoke to some locals and I think there was a big rain [storm] a few days ago which wasn't expected. Probably for Saturday and Sunday there is some rain on the way, but you don't know how much, or when."
And, underlining his relaxed demeanour, he then added: "I asked Pirelli if they had all the containers here with the rain tyres, and that's the case, so I don't think we have to be concerned!"
Should the weekend ultimately stay dry, then Red Bull appear to have little to fear over their RB8's competitiveness, particularly as the World Champions have won in Brazil in each of the last three seasons - finishing first and second in the most recent two campaigns.
Vettel acknowledged the team's historical strong record since 2009 and had to agree that they were in a great position to clinch the second part of their prospective title double.
"The circuit seemed to suit our car in previous years. We need to confirm it this year," he added.
"So all eyes on Friday to start the weekend to get into the groove. I think we can be as confident as we could in this stage. Obviously we know there is a lot ahead but I think we are in a great position."