Winning is what gets Vettel's heart racing

Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:32pm EST
 
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By Steve Keating

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Winning, more than setting records, is what sets Sebastian Vettel's heart racing but Red Bull's quadruple Formula One world champion plans to do both at the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 26-year-old German will become the first driver since the championship started in 1950 to chalk up eight victories in a row in a single season if he wins at the Circuit of the Americas.

"It's a long weekend and I am not really here to break a record," Vettel told reporters on Thursday.

"It is a nice grand prix, a nice weekend and surely I wouldn't mind if that turns out to be the case but it is not the reason I jump into the car."

Vettel won the previous race in Abu Dhabi by a massive margin to equal compatriot Michael 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.

Last year when he arrived at the track carved spectacularly out of the south Texas scrublands for the inaugural race there, there was tension as the German and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took the battle for the title down to the final two races.

This year, with the title long ago secured, a more relaxed Vettel seemed intent on enjoying his time in America where unlike most of the world he can walk the streets in relative anonymity.

"Obviously it is different from last year where we had only two races to go and Austin was the last race before the final in Brazil," he said.   Continued...

 
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany arrives at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas November 14, 2013. REUTERS/Adrees Latif