• Korean Grand Prix

Vettel urges rivals to chase

ESPN Staff
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Sebastian Vettel took his fourth consecutive victory © Sutton Images
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Sebastian Vettel is warning that the championship race isn't over, despite moving within a victory of the title after his win in the Korean Grand Prix.

With Vettel's championship lead now extended to 77 points, victory in next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso no higher than ninth place would give Vettel his fourth consecutive drivers' title. However, Vettel says he still isn't counting it as a foregone conclusion despite his dominant position.

"I don't know how to express it but I wouldn't write the championship off," Vettel said. "Obviously there's still more points to get and we are currently in the lead. It's a very nice position and I am very happy, don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want to swap but anything can happen. If there's a secret then it's that we are really enjoying what we are doing."

Focusing on how his victory in Korea had unfolded, Vettel admitted he had been helped by the safety car periods.

"I think it was quite good to have the safety car coming out the first time when we were just a couple of corners from the pit entry. Fortunately we had enough pace to always open up a little bit of a gap. I think Kimi and Romain to be fair were pretty competitive the longer the stint was so I think they did maybe a little bit of a better job with their tyres."