Lone star Vettel aims for eight in a row

Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:47pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

(Reuters) - Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel can shine above all others in the Lone Star State this weekend by becoming the first Formula One driver to chalk up eight successive victories in a single season.

The second U.S. Grand Prix held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, is likely to see the 26-year-old German take another of retired compatriot Michael Schumacher's records.

Already the youngest quadruple world champion, and first to win his first four titles consecutively, Vettel is on a remarkable roll as he arrives for the penultimate race of a dominant year.

He won the previous race in Abu Dhabi by a massive margin to equal 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.

Vettel has shown no let-up since he won the title in India last month, telling reporters only last week that he was confident the best was yet to come and he was already fully focused on the U.S. Grand Prix.

"You should always look forward," he said on his return to the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes, an unremarkable facility on a business park in an unglamorous part of central England, to thank staff.

"We've had many, many great moments, very special moments, but I believe the biggest moment in my life is yet to come. Otherwise it would be quite sad at the age of 26 to look forward and say the greatest moment has been (and gone) and have nothing to look forward to."

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany gestures as he celebrates with the Red Bull team after winning the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on Yas Island, November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Crisp