Oct 10 2011
Sebastian Vettel believes his refusal to get carried away with the thought of making Formula One history allowed him to do exactly that.
Vettel is now the sport's youngest back-to-back and two-time title winner after he finished third in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka behind McLaren's Jenson Button. It was not the result he ideally wanted to celebrate his championship triumph, but it was comfortably good enough to see him over the finishing line with four races to spare.
"A lot of people have been quite confident about the title. But one of the important things was we didn't allow ourselves to drift away with the thought too much," said Vettel.
"Instead we concentrated on every single step and everything we have done this year and everything we have achieved - then wow! It's phenomenal what has happened. We set ourselves the target to win the championship this year, so to win it in Japan with four races to go is difficult to put into words.
"I never imagined I would win one championship, and so to win this second one is amazing."
Vettel praised the entire team who have supported him en route to his 12 poles, nine wins, four seconds, a third and a fourth - a total of 14 podiums in 15 grands prix.
"I want to thank all the guys and girls in the factory in Milton Keynes, as it's not just us at the track pushing very hard," added Vettel.
"It's them as well, from the post office to the design office to the engineering office, and then here at the track, their effort is just incredible.
"It's hard to imagine, but we have two cars and two drivers only, and we carry that weight on our shoulders every time we go on track.
"Sometimes we don't treat the cars as good as we should, but we always try to get every single bit out of them every race weekend."