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Relaxed Vettel ready to claim F1 title in India

Relaxed Vettel poised to join greats by claiming 4th straight world title at Indian GP

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany smiles during a press conference ahead of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Cir...
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain walks down pit lane to a autograph signing session ahead of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh Int...
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany hands out signed copies of his photograph to fans ahead of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh ...
Ferrari team mechanics practice a tire change in pit lane ahead of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, Indi...

India F1 GP Auto Racing

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany smiles during a press conference ahead of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Cir...

India F1 GP Auto Racing

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain walks down pit lane to a autograph signing session ahead of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh Int...

India F1 GP Auto Racing

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany hands out signed copies of his photograph to fans ahead of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh ...

India F1 GP Auto Racing

Ferrari team mechanics practice a tire change in pit lane ahead of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, Indi...

GREATER NOIDA, India (AP) -- Sebastian Vettel can afford to downplay the importance of winning Sunday's Indian Grand Prix. He doesn't need to win the race to claim a bigger prize.

With a massive 90-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the drivers' standings, the German needs only to finish fifth or better to claim a fourth successive world championship title and become the third man to achieve the feat, joining Formula One greats Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.

Vettel dashed Alonso's hopes of challenging for the title when he won the previous GP at Suzuka, Japan -- his fifth straight win and ninth of the season.

He can now cap his season of dominance by sealing the driver's title in India with four races remaining.


Updated : 2021-08-06 02:31 GMT+08:00