With a 46-point lead over his nearest rival in Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso going into tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix, Vettel is sitting pretty when it comes to cementing his place in F1 history.
Alonso, along with Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen who are 58 and 63 points adrift respectively, desperately require Vettel to slip up in some way or suffer some sort of mechanical failure.
The 26-year-old German, however, showed no sign of relinquishing his vice-like grip on his championship lead after the opening practice sessions around one of F1’s most revered of venues, Monza. Vettel clocked a lap of one minute 24.453secs, finishing comfortably ahead of the field, spearheaded by Red Bull teammate Mark Webber who was over six tenths of a second adrift.
Vettel, however, knows he cannot afford to get carried away with how the title fight is shaping up.
“Our focus should be on every single race and not be distracted by what is going on around us,” said Vettel. “We had years where it proved very good to just look after ourselves when we were in comfortable positions. There is a great temptation of losing focus by only focusing on the things that are not relevant.
“So I try not to look at one particular guy or two particular guys. I try to look after myself and to achieve my maximum. If I do that then I have the best chance to win the championship.”