Sebastian Vettel says he will not be changing his approach to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite having wrapped up his fourth successive world title.
Vettel has won 10 of this season’s 16 races and insists that Red Bull will continue to push for victories in Abu Dhabi, America and Brazil.
Vettel has claimed pole position twice at the Yas Marina circuit and won the race in 2009 and 2010, clinching his maiden title at the latter event.
He retired on the first lap in 2011 courtesy of a tyre failure but finished on the podium in 2012 despite starting the race from the pit lane.
“I don’t think we approach the weekend as if there’s nothing to gain,” he said.
“I think we – as a fact – we love what we’re doing. We enjoy the challenge and that’s why there’s no question as to why we are here and what we have to do.”
“We want to race, race the others as hard as possible. If we have a chance, we want to win. I had some quiet days at home which was good, to sober up after India and get ready for here.”
Vettel also denies that losing in the future will be harder to take, as he never heads into a weekend feeling he’s guaranteed to win.
“I’m not getting in the car and thinking that there’s a guarantee that we will do well.”
“Maybe that’s a little bit the impression that you get from the outside; obviously since the summer break we’ve won all the races but we come here and there’s absolutely no guarantee that we will do well, so we have to give it everything we have.”
“Yes, we have a strong package so I think we have reason to be confident. I need the team, I think the team needs Mark [Webber] and myself to push the car to the limit and to get some good results. There’s no guarantee for what we’ve been doing the last couple of races to make it last.”