Vettel will defend F1 title, says Button

2011-08-20 22:15

German speedster Sebastian Vettel of Team Red Bull has an 85-point lead ahead of his Formula One Grand Prix (GP) competitors.

And he will most likely defend this season’s championship title.

But then again, this is Formula One and anything can happen between now and the Brazilian GP in Sao Paulo on November 27.

Whether any competitor can close the gap between Vettel and his team is anyone’s guess.

With only eight races left for the season, it’s going to take a miracle for his closest rivals – Mark Webber, teammate and currently No?2 on 149 points, and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton (third with 146 points) – to even have half a chance of stealing the title.

According to PlanetF1 website, Jenson Button of Team McLaren believes Vettel will most probably snatch the title without any hassle.

“He’s already won the (2010) World Championship, which is very important. You don’t feel the pressure so much when you’ve already done it,” he told The Independent newspaper.

“It wasn’t easy for me to win consistently by the end of the year, but he (Vettel) still has a massive lead. He has no need to take risks and he’s driving a competitive car.”

Button of Britain added: “ if I had the lead he’s got, I wouldn’t be feeling any pressure at all.”

He also said Vettel was facing an eight-race World Championship with an 80-plus point lead – a boost at this stage of Formula 1.
Button joined an elite club at the last race in Budapest, Hungary, three weeks ago when he marked his 200th GP start.

He made his Formula 1 debut in 2000 with Team Williams. He has claimed 10 wins, 35 podiums and seven pole positions.

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