Vettel: Last year we were very close to winning here, hopefully we get there this year

Sebastian Vettel walks Circuit of the Americas with his crew

Sebastian Vettel walks Circuit of the Americas with his crew

Winning, more than setting records, is what sets Sebastian Vettel’s heart racing but Red Bull‘s quadruple Formula 1 World Champion plans to do both at the US Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 26-year-old German will become the first driver since the Championship started in 1950 to chalk up eight victories in a row in a single season if he wins at the Circuit of the Americas.

“It’s a long weekend and I am not really here to break a record,” Vettel told reporters in Austin.

“It is a nice grand prix, a nice weekend and surely I wouldn’t mind if that turns out to be the case but it is not the reason I jump into the car.”

Vettel won the previous race in Abu Dhabi by a massive margin to equal compatriot Michael Schumacher’s 2004 run of seven in a row and, with 11 victories to his credit in 2013, is also on course to equal Schumacher’s record 13 wins in a season.

Sebastian Vettel win in Belgium kick started a run of seven successive grand prix victories

Sebastian Vettel win in Belgium kick started a run of seven successive grand prix victories

Last year when he arrived at the track carved spectacularly out of the south Texas scrublands for the inaugural race there, there was tension as he and Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso took the battle for the title down to the final two races.

This year, with the title long since secured, a more relaxed Vettel seemed intent on enjoying his time in America where, unlike most of the rest of the world, he can walk the streets in relative anonymity.

“Obviously it is different from last year where we had only two races to go and Austin was the last race before the final in Brazil,” he said.

“It is more relaxed in that regard because the potential of the Championship is not there anymore,” added the Champion, who clinched the title in India last month. “But we are looking forward to the race and we want to get our things right.

Sebastian Vettel fresh from victory in Abu Dhabi

Sebastian Vettel fresh from victory in Abu Dhabi

“Last year we were very close to winning here and didn’t get there in the end and hopefully we get there this year.”

Overhauled by McLaren‘s Lewis Hamilton over the closing laps last year, Vettel wants the top spot in Texas this year.

But the 26-year-old German also allowed himself the time to savour some of the other things a Formula 1 race in the United States can offer one of the world’s most recognisable and successful athletes.

“It’s also nice to walk around and do normal things and just blend in,” said Vettel. “People don’t know me here. I don’t mind at all, quite the opposite, I like that.

“It’s a very beautiful country, it’s huge, you would need a lot of time to explore and I hope to do that one day properly.” (Reuters)

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  • fools

    I remember when Hamilton passed Vettel, he then reacted like a baby with a tantrum as if that was illegal for anyone to do that to him. He was screaming to “Rocky” (Engineer) to do something about it! Cant remember the exact words but I found it funny that LH did that and how Vettel reacted like a baby. Pure humor.

    I also remember Alonso almost winning too. (3rd in a crap Ferrari) coming from what 6th? He made the epic hair pin turn accompanied by a massive start off the grid.

    Cant wait to watch the race :)

  • Tinto

    Nonsense, move on…

  • Boycotthehaters

    “I remember when Hamilton passed Vettel, he then reacted like a baby with a tantrum”

    Your name suits you, fool. Your memory is defective.

  • fools

    your comment is so typical…the fact you even do it…shows your character.

    I win

    :)