Vettel: I will fight to the last breath

Sebastian Vettel is refusing to give up on this year’s drivers’ championship despite going into the final four races of the season with a 26 point deficit to championship leader Jenson Button.

The German could only manage eighth place in last week’s Italian Grand Prix in Monza which was a huge blow to his title hopes and Brawn demonstrated a return to dominance with their fourth 1-2 finish of the season.

But Vettel is refusing to give up going into the final four flyaway races, starting with next week’s Singapore Grand Prix.

“The target there will clearly be to win, as it is the target at all remaining races,” he told the official Formula One website. “Scoring the maximum points is the target, and regarding the championship, we will see what that means.”

“We will see every race separately, and in the end we will count the points and will see whether it is enough or not. It s true the gap is quite big – 26 points says it all – and it will be very difficult to catch up, but be sure we will try.”

“I will fight to the last breath and minute. Being a ‘couple of points behind, I know it s not going to be easy, but we will see. I think any of the top four – or three – has a clear chance. For some, the chances are bigger, for some smaller.”

“It would be quite a surprise to see Rubens (Barrichello) win the title. He is getting stronger but he s quite old. It would be very special for him, but that goes for any one of us. None of us has ever been world champion. We will see.”