Vettel making most of F1 good times


Sebastian Vettel is determined to bask in the glory of his unbridled success now as he appreciates it could all come to a grinding halt next year.

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Like a runaway train, there is currently no stopping the four-times world champion who set a new record for consecutive number of wins in one season by taking his eighth straight chequered flag in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix.

Another victory in the final race of the year in Brazil next Sunday will see Vettel equal Alberto Ascari’s all-time record of nine in a row set back in 1952-53.

It would also be his 13th triumph this season, matching the record haul of Michael Schumacher from his fellow German’s all-conquering 2004 campaign.

These are heady days and Vettel knows it, which is why in his radio message to his team on the parade lap he said: “We have to remember these days. There’s no guarantee they will be forever.”

With the regulations changing drastically for 2014, in particular with 1.6-litre turbo-charged V6 engines replacing the current 2.4-lire V8s, there is a chance Red Bull’s dominance could finally end.

For many fans and observers that would be a blessing, so Vettel is eager to drink it all in now because next season could be different.

“It’s a little bit of a shame that because of the run we’ve had lately people take it as guaranteed you deliver the result on a Saturday and Sunday,” the 26-year-old said.

“People tend to respect the result, what it means, the effort behind it, but as an athlete you have ups and downs.

“Right now you could say it’s rather more up than down, but you never know what’s going to happen. Next year is an unknown.”