Vettel ready to test his mettle in bid for triple championship glory
13:24 GMT, 14 March 2012
Double world champion Sebastian Vettel has set his sights on further cementing his place in the Formula One history books.
Far from feeling satisfied with the back-to-back titles he has dominantly won these last two years, Vettel has every intention of a three-peat, with his bid for glory starting this weekend as the 2012 season opens in Australia.
It is a feat achieved only twice previously by two of the legends of the sport, initially Juan Manuel Fangio from 1954-1957 and then Michael Schumacher from 2000-2004.
Batting for glory: Sebastian Vettel wants his third title running
Ahead of unwinding with a game of cricket on St Kilda beach with Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, and with the setting sun serving as a backdrop, a determined Vettel said: 'My target is always to win the world championship.
'After winning my first title it was a great relief in many ways because I proved to myself I could do it.
'It was also important because it is something no one can take from me.
'But that doesn't mean you don't care what happens next. In fact, it is the opposite.
'You know it all starts again, everyone starts from zero again, and so naturally you want to do it again.
Relaxing: Vettel prepares for the Australian Grand Prix
'I have never had to ask myself the
question “Do I want this again” or “Why am I here”. So far it has been
completely natural and nothing has changed.
'I am still hungry, and I still get upset when someone beats me – which is a good thing for sure.
'Everyone gets beaten one day, although it's not about that particular day but how you come back because there is nothing wrong with losing.'
Another year of domination, as last season when he won 11 races from a record-breaking 15 poles, and Vettel will need to build a separate trophy room at his home rather than the shelf he is currently erecting, albeit creaking under the weight of silverware.
'I don't yet have a proper place (for the trophies),' said the 24-year-old.
'I'm working on it, although the shelf I'm installing might be a bit small, but it's a very nice problem to have. I don't want to complain.
Hungry: Vettel says he will keep striving for victory
'When I thought about a particular place and the shelf, I didn't have that many trophies at the time.
'At the moment they're all just on one side in the living room.'
As for his title trophy, that takes pride of place on his kitchen table, to which he joked: 'But not with the cornflakes.
'I'm German. Everything has to be precise and you can't mix the cornflakes with the world championship trophy.'
The expectation is the latest creation from design guru Adrian Newey, the RB8, will certainly be amongst the frontrunners, even if a more robust challenge is also anticipated from their rivals.
That is despite the gremlins that plagued Vettel's car in his final day of testing in Barcelona recently, which was not the ideal way to prepare for the forthcoming campaign.
Preparation: Vettel says there were a few issues with the recent testing session
Brushing aside the issues, Vettel added: 'We would have loved to have done more, but the reliability is not disastrous. It might look worse than it is.
'The issues we had, we found a solution and pretty quickly, but obviously you cannot always react on the same day.
'Here we are all set and we will see how we get on, but like every year, cars are built on the limit.
'With the regulations very similar you try to push the boundaries a little more, that is F1. Cars do break from time to time.'
Vettel, meanwhile, has called his new car 'Abby', which is a far cry from previously evocative names such as 'Kate's Dirty Sister', 'Luscious Liz', 'Randy Mandy' and 'Kinky Kylie'.