Vettel in no hurry to seal successful title defence

DEFENDING champion Sebastian Vettel could clinch back-to-back titles in Singapore this weekend but the German insists he is in no hurry to put the seal on another season of glory.

A maiden win at Marina Bay coupled with off days for nearest challengers Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Mark Webber would be sufficient for runaway leader Vettel to be crowned with five races to spare.

But the Red Bull driver said: “Would, could, should – so far we haven’t won anything. We are in a good position but still have some way to go. Our target going into this season was to defend the title. We are in a very good position and there is no reason the target should change. It doesn’t matter when; it matters that it happens.”

Ferrari’s Alonso needs a podium finish on Sunday to keep the championship alive but despite taking the chequered flag last year, the Spaniard knows the title is in Vettel’s hands.

“This year, he has made no mistakes or very few mistakes. Last year we had a little bit more chances,” said Alonso. “He has been the best driver, [with] the best team. They deserve to be where they are.”

Vettel holds an 112-point lead over Alonso, who is five points ahead of McLaren’s Button and Red Bull’s Webber. Anything worse than a top-two place would end Button and Webber’s gossamer-thin hopes.