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Sebastian Vettel set sights on winning the Hungarian Grand Prix for first time, having finally ended his ‘July jinx’ with victory in Germany last time out.
Despite having won the last three Drivers’ Championships, the Red Bull competitor had never won a race in July in 12 attempts heading into the German Grand Prix.
The 26-year-old looked as though he would be made to wait a little longer for a victory in the summer month when Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen lead heading into the closing stages, only for the Finn to have make a late pit stop, handing Vettel the lead.
Having broken his July duck at the Nurburgring – as well as winning on home soil for the first time – the German driver is now looking forward to the next race in Hungary.
Vettel’s best finish at the Hungaroring to date is second behind McLaren’s Jenson Button in 2010 but he is confident he can end another Formula 1 hoodoo next Sunday.
“Hungary has some interesting memories for me,” said Vettel. “It was my first F1 race with the Red Bull family; [and] let’s hope I can add to my memories now by winning there for the first time before I go on holiday.”
Vettel is eager to extend his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship before Formula 1 takes its usual summer hiatus after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The defending champion currently tops the standings by 34 points from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and is odds on to retain his world title, despite there being ten races left on the F1 calendar.