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article imageF1: 'Unbeatable' Vettel wins fourth-straight race

By John Duarte     Oct 6, 2013 in Sports
YEONGAM, South Korea – It's beginning to sound like a broken record. Sebastian Vettel wins fourth-straight Formula 1 grand prix race and eighth overall on the season.
Though not as dominant has he has been in other victories this season, the three-time defending champion was still in control at the Korean Grand Prix and drove away with the victory in an incident-plagued Formula 1 race.
“These are big words,” Vettel said, when asked if he had an “unbeatable” car. “We never stop pushing the limits, even if things seem to be perfect and everything under control. Maybe, that's the only secret there is.”
Tire wear and degradation was the order of the day for many drivers and the race itself had to be stopped on two occasions, including one due to a spectacular fire on Mark Webber's car after it was hit by a Force India car.
Kimi Räikkönen finished second and Romain Grosjean was third. In the end, Vettel said he was fortunate to be able to stay ahead of his competitors.
“I had a good view of my front tires and the right didn't look too healthy towards the end,” said Vettel. “Both Kimi and Romain were very competitive and did better with their tires.”
There are only five races remaining in the 2013 F1 season. Vettel now leads Fernando Alonso, who finished sixth this weekend, by 77 points. Under Formula 1 scoring rules, a driver can earn a maximum of 25 points per race. If Vettel wins the next grand prix race, in Japan, and Alonso finishes no higher than eighth, the reigning champion will clinch his fourth-consecutive F1 title. Vettel said he is not ready to start celebrating.
“We never look too much into the future,” he said. “One thing is for sure, leading by 77 points is better than sitting (in second place).
“With five races still to go, there are 125 points waiting to be taken,” he continued. “We have to deliver in the here and now.”
The countdown to the Formula 1 World Championship starts next weekend in Japan. After that there is India, where Vettel has won the last two years, then Abu Dhabi and the United States Grand Prix before the schedule closes with the Brazilian Grand Prix, on Nov. 24.
One could hardly blame Vettel if he is anxious about racing at Suzuka, where he has won three of the last four Japanese Grand Prix races and finished third in the other.
“There's some sort of expectation as things went so well in the immediate past, and also because I like Suzuka a lot, but I would find it inappropriate to sort of bank on winning,” he said. “No win is inevitable.
“Before a win, there is work to be done,” he concluded. “At the moment, we are enjoying doing that work.”
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