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Vettel not thinking about Schumacher's sevenLaurence Edmondson October 19, 2011 « Newey cautious about testing 2012 parts at final races | US GP organisers on the hunt for home-grown talent »
Sebastian Vettel insists he is not targeting Michael Schumacher's record of seven world championships before he retires.
At just 24 years of age, Vettel became the youngest ever double world champion two weeks ago in Japan, and three-time champion Niki Lauda has already said he has the potential to challenge Schumacher's record of seven. But speaking at Red Bull's base in Milton Keynes, Vettel told reporters that he is not yet entertaining thoughts of winning seven titles or more.
"I think that's a long, long way," he told reporters. "We've had two phenomenal years and it's easy to get overexcited and talk about those things. We know how much it takes to win a race, not to mention a world championship, so it really puts it in perspective talking about more than two world championships. It's a long, long way and I don't think you can set the target at seven world championships or something like that."
Asked whether Red Bull can continue its championship-winning form through to 2012, Vettel added: "We will try. You never want to come back and do worse than you have done, but obviously we've set the benchmark very high.
"We know that it has been a special season from all sides; I've had a very good run, the team's had a phenomenal run and our reliability was great with no technical failures with the car so far. Obviously you build those cars on the limit and they're not supposed to break but they do from time to time.
"You also need that little bit of luck sometimes, which makes you just get away with it. We'll see, we are working hard, the people here are extremely motivated and they are happy with what they do - that's a good foundation."