• Belgian Grand Prix

Vettel not thinking about title situation

ESPN Staff
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Sebastian Vettel came from 10th on the grid to finish third in the race © Sutton Images
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Sebastian Vettel insists he is not thinking about the championship standings, despite moving up to second in the title race 24 points behind Fernando Alonso.

Vettel's second place at the Belgian Grand Prix took him 18 points closer to the Ferrari driver, who was taken out in a first-corner incident that also accounted for Lewis Hamilton. But Vettel said the race only served to prove that the championship is still open.

"It's a better place to be than before the race, which to be fair was the target after the break - to make sure we close the gap - but to me it doesn't really matter now to talk about the amount of points," he said. "We still have a lot of races ahead and we've seen how quickly things can change in a very competitive weekend and he deserved to win. Congratulations to him and McLaren and we will see what we can do."

Vettel failed to make the top ten shootout on in qualifying, but said his car was back at its best on Sunday.

"It was a difficult day for us yesterday ... Why? Don't ask me, because the car seemed to be back to normal performance today. The start was s*** and I lost a lot of positions and I was probably the only one who managed to lose places in the first lap. It was tough and then it was a tough fight to come back. But the car worked, we had the pace and it was fun to overtake. It's great to be on the podium to pick up a trophy."