Vettel says he deserves to win third F1 title on trot
Reigning Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel has hit back at critics who claim he is only on the threshold of a third straight title because of his super-quick Red Bull, saying it is natural for strong teams to have good drivers.
The German holds a 13-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso heading into Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix and is hot favourite for the title.
Vettel just needs a top-four finish to clinch the world crown for a third successive year, and he believes it is only natural that talented drivers end up at teams who are capable of producing title-winning cars.
"If you look back as far as I can, there were never drivers who were really successful in a really bad car," the Sun quoted Vettel, as saying.
"It is natural that you have strong drivers in a strong team, so you end up with a strong combination that is difficult to beat. It's normal to start your career in a weaker car. We have all been in that situation," he added.
"Michael Schumacher started in a Jordan, which wasn't competitive, but he set some highlights. Fernando Alonso started in a Minardi and had some highlights, too," he said.
Vettel added: "In my case, I started with the BMW Sauber which was a great chance. Then I got the seat at Toro Rosso, which at the time was not a very competitive car but we did a very good job and even won a race."
"After, I made the step up to Red Bull Racing in 2009 and that was a great season for myself and for the team," he added.