Vettel still dreaming of F1 title with Red Bull as top teams lurk

June 5th, 2009 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Istanbul, June 5 (DPA) Sebastian Vettel remains confident that he can reduce the huge 28-point deficit to Formula One championship leader Jenson Button before the end of the season.
“The world championship was only decided by a single point in the last two years,” the Red Bull driver told DPA in an interview ahead of Sunday’s seventh race of the season, the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul.

“I think there are still enough races where we can amass a lot of points and it also shouldn’t be taken for granted that the others will always finish.”

Despite the German’s upbeat comments, the reality is that if there is a repeat of the Monaco GP, where Vettel failed to finish and Brawn GP’s Button cruised to a comfortable victory, his title hopes will be all but extinguished.

“If Brawn GP continue as they have begun, then it will obviously be difficult to close the gap,” admitted Vettel.

The 21-year-old, who lies third in the overall standings behind Button and his Brawn GP teammate Rubens Barrichello, said he intends putting the disappointment of his barrier crash at Monaco behind him at an Istanbul Park circuit that is suited to the Red Bull RB5 car.

“We have a good car and will compete,” he said.

“It’s going to be very interesting in Istanbul and after at Silverstone (for the British GP). Theoretically, these are circuits that suit our racing cars better. Our target is to beat the other teams, that’s why we are here.”

Although his contract at Red Bull runs until the end of 2010, Vettel also refused to comment on speculation that his performances to date make it highly likely that one of F1’s top teams could make a move for him at the end of this season.

“I am taking things one step at a time and am not allowing myself be influenced by speculation,” he said.

“My objective is to sit in the best possible car and win races. At the moment, I am well placed where I am.”

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