Winner Vettel says he is not thinking of title yet despite huge gap
|By Jonathan Noble and Pablo Elizalde||Sunday, June 26th 2011, 14:20 GMT|
Sebastian Vettel insists he is not looking at the championship table yet, despite his huge advantage after his victory in Valencia.
The world champion scored his sixth win in eight races on Sunday, extending his lead in the championship over Mark Webber and Jenson Button to 77 points.
The gap means Vettel would still lead the championship even if he missed the next three races.
But the Red Bull driver says it is important ro focus on each race to try to achieve the best result, and claimed he is not focused on the championship yet.
"I don't look at the gap, it is a long season," said Vettel. "For sure we have had a phenomenal start to the season. We continue that way, we have to take every single race as it comes. Surely we don't have to win by taking too much risk but the target is still to win races.
"It feels wonderful like I said today and we try to achieve our optimum. If we have the chance to win then we have to take it. If the day comes and we are not competitive enough, and we are good enough for third, we have to finish third and not seventh.
"At the moment we all enjoy it. It is incredible the achievement and step the team made in the last two/three years. Every single department got so much professional. We have to keep doing what we do, and stay hungry wanting to win races and wanting to become better and better every time."
The German, who has also been on pole position in all but one of the races this year, denied his win in Valencia had been easy.
He also praised the work of his Red Bull team for having produced such a strong car again.
"Maybe from the outside," he said. "I don't know how much there was happening in the grand prix. From myself it looked like an absorbing race. I enjoy it so much when it is you and your car every single lap. I had pressure from behind with Fernando and Mark, they were pitting some times before and some times after, they were pushing hard.
"For some reason I enjoy this track and it's smooth too - it is fantastic. The team has done a phenomenal job. Even though we come here and say it might be tricky, we managed to put everything together. A faultless weekend and I am very happy with this result."