Vettel not interested in table
Red Bull driver says he will focus on racing
By William Esler. Last Updated: September 5, 2012 4:29pm
Sebastian Vettel says he will not look at the Championship table and instead focus on racing during the remaining eight races of the 2012 season.
The reigning double World Champion cut Fernando Alonso's lead at the top of the Drivers' standings to just 24 points with a second place finish in Belgium, whilst the Spaniard was eliminated during a first corner crash.
It was a much needed result for the German and means he is now within one victory of the summit, heading to Monza this weekend.
"I had a look at the championship before I went on holiday," said Vettel.
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"Right now I don't really care in terms of scoring and points, but of course I care for the championship, and it's good to hear it looks better.
"Fernando didn't finish, and these things happen, but we have to look after ourselves.
"As I say, I'm not bothered in terms of points and gaps at the moment because there are a lot of races ahead.
"And if you saw the first corner, you can see how quickly things can change. That's racing."
Red Bull lacked straight-line speed at Spa, which made overtaking difficult for Vettel on the run to Les Combes and the Bus-Stop Chicane.
That was a legacy of a wrong turn in car set-up taken by the team as a result of Friday's wet running and Team Principal Christian Horner says the mistake will not be repeated at Monza.
"We won't have a problem for Monza," said Horner.
"Our problems in Belgium were because of the way we set up the car.
"With no dry running on Friday we had to make our choices, and with hindsight we would have set the car up to be quicker at the end of the straight.
"We'll now go to Monza, where we won from pole last year with Sebastian, and we'll hope to be competitive.
"It was one of our best races last year. It's a great track, a totally different challenge."