Vettel scents blood on Button’s trail

Sebastian Vettel has today spoken of his optimism for the rest of the season, as he seeks to rein in championship leader Jenson Button.

The German took a very convincing victory at Silverstone yesterday and is now looking to take that advantage to other tracks in the hope that Button will have a few poor results and the championship fight will truly come alive.

“I think Jenson was very strong in all eight races we’ve had so far and he totally deserves to be in this position. Looking at the championship, he obviously has quite a comfortable lead, but we’re trying to do our best and I think the only thing that makes sense is to use every single opportunity we have.

“As I said before, we’re working very, very hard, the team is very determined and we know where we want to be. We want to win, [and] I think that’s the only way to turn it around. For sure, it won’t be easy but we are totally up for the fight. The season is still very long, anything can happen – and you never know what is going to happen.”

Vettel said that only one thing would see the battle come to pass – hard work from the Red Bull team to catch and overcome their Brawn rivals.

“I think the only thing it takes is, towards the end of the season, to collect more points and then, at the end, sum it up and whoever has scored more becomes champion. That’s all it takes. Of course, there’s hard work behind it, and every single team is pushing hard.

“I’m not really a fan of all these psychological tricks, mindset and so on. Yes, it happens in sports, in motor racing and I think that’s human, but all I try to do is to squeeze the car out every single time, every single lap, and to do the best I can. Of course, sometimes you might have to attack more than is probably good for you, and you might risk a lot and sometimes lose it but, as I said, in the end, you have to use every single day you have and the one who is most consistent and has done the best job fully deserves to win in the end. It might be a one point advantage or a fifty points’ advantage to the guy behind.”

Vettel’s home race in Germany is next up on the calendar.