Vettel maintains belief to seal title
Sebastian Vettel believes staying true to himself has helped him become a Formula One great.
While Vettel stopped short of describing himself as such, the fact he has become a three-time world champion elevates him to such exalted status, with his performance in the Brazilian Grand Prix epitomising the fact.
He said: "Becoming a three-time champion it's difficult to find the right words and, correct me if I'm wrong, but there are only two guys who have done it before (in a row). You need to be in the right place at the right time, but I also believe you can create your own luck and work for what is coming up."
He continued: "And we are in Sao Paulo, the place where Ayrton (Senna) was born, came from and was buried, so to come here and win the championship for a third time in his place, I don't really know what to say. But what we have achieved today is not about what happened in the race, it's what I've been working for since I joined the team."
Just 15 seconds into the race Vettel found himself facing the wrong way and at the back of the field. But through drizzle, rain, a broken radio, a pit stop that went wrong, three other stops for tyres and two safety car periods at Interlagos, he finally had his hands on a third title.
Only Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost, Niki Lauda, Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna have previously won three. And of those only Schumacher and Fangio won three in a row, but Vettel is the youngest to achieve such an astonishing feat, and he is still only 25.
Vettel has also reassured his team he has no intention of jumping ship, saying: "I'm very happy now and I want to have a good time with the guys, and then surely at some stage you try to recharge the batteries. It's been a tough, long season and I want come back in shape next year.
"But I'm with the team. I have a contract until the end of 2014 and I'm very happy with what we have achieved so far, and I don't think this story is over yet.
"So I'm very happy and extremely committed to give everything I have in the next (two) years when I'm with them.
"At the moment I don't see any point thinking about another team or something else. I'm extremely happy in the position I am in because it's incredible what we have achieved."