Vettel out on his own again as rest are left to play catch-up

SEBASTIAN VETTEL is adamant he is not unbeatable despite his near-perfect start to the defence of his Formula One world title.

From four grands prix this season Vettel has scooped four poles, three victories and a second to give him 93 points from a potential maximum of 100.

The 23-year-old’s latest triumph in Turkey yesterday was untroubled as he led for 56 of the 58 laps around the Istanbul Park circuit in a Red Bull that appears virtually untouchable.

Vettel’s only blemish was a tactical one on behalf of the team in the last race in China when they opted for a two-stop strategy, in contrast to Lewis Hamilton’s winning three-stopper.

On this occasion Hamilton finished fourth, a remarkable 40 seconds behind Vettel who was 8.8secs clear of team-mate Mark Webber for an 11th Red Bull one-two.

At present it appears all too easy for Vettel and Red Bull with no one able to halt their momentum.

But Vettel said: “The day you start to think you are unbeatable is the day you are beaten.

“We are racing at the highest level where we all try to win, try to be better than the other guys.

“But there is always someone at some point who will teach you a lesson and will give you a very hard time and beat you.”

“Of course I’m very happy with today, the start of the season and how we work together as a team and pull together in one direction.

“But there is never any time to really rest and think everything is under control.

“It’s been a good start to the season, but there is a long, long way to go.

“We’ve only had four of 19 races, so I think you can work out how many points are left.”

Webber has improved race on race — fifth, fourth, third, second is his sequence of results to date — but even he concedes beating his team-mate is a tall order.

“Seb is on top of his game, he has had a good start to the season, no question about it, nearly a maximum which is not ideal for the rest of us,” said Webber.

Vettel admitted to being in control from start to finish, enjoying “a smooth race” whilst overtaking mayhem unfolded behind him.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso made the podium for the first time this season, whilst behind Hamilton, who is second in the standings but a whopping 34 points behind the Red Bull driver, came Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and McLaren team-mate Jenson Button.


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