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Vettel on brink of Formula 1 glory but don’t tell him that

Red Bull driver will surely retain F1 crown at Suzuka

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Sebastian Vettel is the 2011 Formula One world champion. Everybody knows it.

Except him.

Ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, the affable German is refusing to take anything for granted despite the fact that he needs just one point from the final five races to clinch what would be his second successive title in motorsport’s premier competition. To be fair to him, we’ve all heard the cliches and proverbs: ‘it’s not over until the fat lady sings’, ‘don’t count your chickens before they hatch’ and admirable sentiments they both are. However, in this particular case the chickens are collecting their pension while Adele is currently in the middle of a sell-out tour.

However, Vettel is the consummate professional and shows a respect to other drivers that McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa would do well to emulate. Hence, he will only celebrate – publicly at least – when he reaches or surpasses the magical 310 point mark and is officially uncatchable by his fellow competitors.

“I feel capable but I still have to do it,” the Red Bull man said after Singapore. “Obviously it should not be a problem, but it’s over when it’s over – and not before.”

“Yes, the statistics are on our side, but this story has to wait to be closed.

Sorry Seb. I know you’re saying all the right things but I’m going to stick my neck out and say it again: Sebastian Vettel – 2011 Formula One World Champion.

P.S – Button to win the race itself. You heard it here first!

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