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Sebastian Vettel says he is taking nothing for granted despite having a big lead in the drivers’ championship.
Vettel has a very healthy advantage of 46 points over nearest challenger Fernando Alonso in second following his win at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, but he says he cannot afford to take his eye off the ball.
Lewis Hailton who sits in third and Kimi Raikkonen in fourth, have not given up all hope of catching the German and with eight races to go Vettel is not counting his chickens either.
If things carry on the way they are then Vettel could wrap up the title early, just like he did in 2011, but he is in no rush this time around.
“What I remember from 2011 is we had a fantastic season, but we were working very hard, step by step, race by race,” Vettel said.
“We were not working towards a certain race to seal the championship with a couple of races to go, and I wasn’t relaxed at the time. I was as nervous as I am today.
“As I’ve said, it’s about taking things step by step – not trying to be too smart, too clever and think too far ahead.”
Next up is a trip to Italy and a race at the famous Monza track, where Vettel will be looking to extend his lead even further on September 8.