Sebastian Vettel, talking to Germany’s Welt am Sonntag Sunday paper, says he’s still focussed on the 2009 championship, and that he believes he has the car under him to pull off a comeback.
Vettel’s 19 point defecit to Jenson Button with five races remaining is a clear handicap, but he thinks that the Brawn’s struggles of late could still play into his hands, if Red Bull can get back to the top of the podium.
My title chances are still intact and my goal is to be World Champion. I want to win in Monza. So far this season our car has been extremely competitive on every circuit – obviously more so in some races and less in others – but all in all we have always been up there with the best.
Since Silverstone we have at least been level pegging with the Brawns, we might even be a little quicker right now. And it seems at the moment that the Brawns are struggling to get the most out of their car, especially out of Jenson’s car.
Where Mark Webber’s concerned, Vettel says their relationship is the same now as it has always been, even as the season’s end draws nearer.
We are both team-mates and rivals. From Qualifying we go our seperate ways and try to beat each other, just like everybody else on the grid. If you want to be World Champion you have to beat everybody, it’s really irrelevant whether you have one title rival or three.
There’s a really positive atmosphere in the team. I feel very comfortable within the Red Bull family. When you have that kind of feeling, you can relax and concentrate on the most important thing, namely Formula 1. It’s my life.
Any thoughts folks? Vettel says his goal – even if it’s ambitious – is to grab the fifty remaining points and see if that is enough. But can a nineteen point deficit be clawed back this time round? It’s happened before. And in far fewer races.