Sebastian Vettel says whoever wins the 2012 title will deserve to be Champion
Red Bull driver reaches 100-race milestone in America
By William Esler. Last Updated: 12/11/12 11:44am
Sebastian Vettel says the driver who 'deserves' the title will be World Champion as he edges closer to a third consecutive drivers' crown.
The Red Bull driver heads to Austin for the United States GP knowing only Fernando Alonso can prevent him becoming the first driver in history to win his first three titles in succession.
A late charge as F1 headed into its long-haul finale has seen the German overhaul Alonso in the standings after four straight victories through September and October.
A grid penalty in Abu Dhabi - which saw Vettel start the race from the pitlane - prevented him making it five in-a-row, but the 25-year-old produced a stunning drive to finish on the podium and maintain his points lead.
"Of course the last races we had were very good for us, to put it mildly," Vettel told the official F1 website.
"They have helped us a lot. If you look at the whole season with 20 races, you do have incidences that you don't like to have, you probably have some retirements due to technical problems. We had those - and hopefully we have now passed this phase.
"It is very hard to run so many races without incidents. It is not something that is part of your calculation, but you have to be prepared when it hits you not to stand there with eyes wide open. (laughs) If you look at the races we've done so far I think Fernando's and my DNFs or calamities are equal.
"I still believe that the driver who deserves it most will be champion. No doubt we are in a very good position now and I hope we do well until the very end to make sure that we deserve the glory."
Despite his tender age, the race at the Circuit of the Americas brings up the 100-GP milestone for Vettel - something that even surprises him.
"It's all gone so quickly," he said. "One hundred is a big number - one hundred Grands Prix sounds a lot: one hundred starts, one hundred times surviving the first corner.
"If I reflect on it, it doesn't feel so long ago that I broke into Formula One. That shows me that time flies when you do something that you really like and enjoy. So let's focus on the second hundred!"