NEW SEASON, SAME STUFF

NEW SEASON, SAME STUFF

The current world champion Sebastian Vettel has said that he does not expect a different start to the new 2013 season from the previous one. The start to the 2012 season was one of the most unpredictable in recent years, and the German expects the trend to continue this season as well. Vettel, though, will be coming into the new season as the undoubted favourite to claim his fourth consecutive world championship title, although he faces tough challenge from the likes of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Vettel has said that the start to the season will be unpredictable before teams manage to stabilise themselves.

Pre-season testing has just begun in Jerez, and Vettel has started from where he has left off in the previous season. He has been amongst the fastest drivers on the grid, as he has been able to put in consistent lap times on a constant basis. The favourites for the title emerged only during the second half in the 2012 season, and Vettel expects no difference in this regard as well. Vettel comes into the 2013 season on the back of three consecutive world championship titles, while he could create history by becoming the youngest driver to win four on the bounce.

“I don’t think it will be much different from what was important last year. Again it will be very close, so it will not be a case of two or three drivers fighting it out. In the first half of the season I expect a very similar situation to 2012 where we saw many different winners. Then, in the second half, some favourites will become visible. To be one of them [the title contenders] you have to score points at every race and be consistent – that was what got us the title in 2012,” said the 25-year-old.

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