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The heat’s on Vettel

By Zaki JufriEvents - 20 September 2012 10:58 PM | Updated 12:55 PM

The heat’s on Vettel

Sebastian Vettel. Photo: Zaki Jufri

All eyes are definitely on the Formula One reigning champion Sebastian Vettel as the drivers prepare for the Singapore leg of the Formula One Grand Prix this weekend.

The Red Bull Racing driver is currently fourth – one point behind Kimi Raikkonen. Both men have to catch Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who is 37 points clear of Lewis Hamilton who is second.

Despite trailing behind, the German is still confident of catching up in the championships: “I think that after the weekend in Belgium it looked much better, after last weekend in Monza it didn't look as good, so I think things can change quickly, so I don't see any reason why it should change now.”

Timo Glock, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Kimi Raikkonen, Bruno Senna and Sebastian Vettel speaking at a FIA press conference
Timo Glock, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Kimi Raikkonen, Bruno Senna and Sebastian Vettel speaking at a FIA press conference. Photo: Zaki Jufri

Speaking to the media at a pre-qualifying press conference, the Vettel has admitted Red Bull is still unsure what caused the alternator failure that forced him to retire from the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Red Bull’s flagship RB8 car has been dogged by problems this season forcing Vettel to retire from two races this year but the German assured that the team will come up with a solution soon.

“I'm confident it will improve but obviously two times this year we've had a problem with the alternator. We're working hard on it. It's a bit difficult because after the failure, you don't know exactly what was wrong, otherwise we would have fixed it after the first time and it would not happen again a couple of months later. But I think we've got a couple of ideas and it should be better in the future,” Vettel said.

Earlier in the afternoon, Vettel and team mate Mark Webber made an appearance at a Red Bull Racing event in town. Speaking to fans, he expects this weekend’s race to be his toughest one yet this season: "I think it will be tough, it will be a tough race. It's always tough here, it's quite hot, humid, the race is very long, we race at night - so yeah, it's one of the most difficult races. But I think we should have a decent car, and then hopefully we get into the rhythm, that's important at a street circuit, especially around here. Then we'll see what we can do."

2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix is on from 21–23 Sep. Tickets available at www.singaporegp.sg/ticket/ticket_price.php