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Vettel not ruling out title chances

ESPNF1 Staff
October 24, 2010 « Second 'a great result' - Hamilton | »
Sebastian Vettel steps away from his smouldering Red Bull © Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel remained upbeat about his chances of winning the world championship despite his late retirement in Korea.

Vettel had been in command of the race from the start but his title ambitions could well have gone up in smoke as the engine of his Red Bull let go in a big way with only ten laps remaining.

"I think we can [win it]," said Vettel shortly after his retirement. "There are still 50 points to go. Obviously it would have been much easier if we had won today. That's life, that's how it goes sometimes.

"There has been a little bit too much of it for us this season. Ups and down, everyone has had those, but I think we have had quite a lot in particular, but you can't change it."

Despite both his and team-mate Mark Webber's retirements, the Red Bull RB6 was still clearly the class of the field all weekend and it is with that in mind that the German is remaining confident for Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

"So we will keep our head down and keep doing what we were doing up to now. Just trying to get the best out of the car and I think in terms of speed there is nothing to improve. It's obviously not a very nice moment but I think it was a very tricky and difficult race for all of us.

"To be on top of the field all the time, controlling the race and looking after my tyres, I think there is nothing that we could have done better. So all in all I think we did a more or less perfect job, also with the [qualifying] result yesterday."