Vettel wary after taking pole

German says there are no guarantees as he bids for his second straight Grand Prix win.

    Vettel is looking for a second consecutive Grand Prix win [AFP]

    Sebastian Vettel has learnt from experience this season that pole positions do not guarantee race wins in Formula One and the German is taking nothing for granted at the Chinese Grand Prix.

    The 22-year-old gave Red Bull a fourth pole in four races on Saturday but he is aware that his sole victory came in Malaysia last time out when teammate Mark Webber had topped the qualifying times.

    "It was a good result today but, as always, the race is where you score points so the most important is yet to come," Vettel said on Saturday.

    A mechanical problem in the season-opener in Bahrain followed by an engine failure in the next race in Australia robbed Vettel of victories from his first two pole positions of the year.

    He managed to slip past Webber on the first corner in Malaysia to lead a Red Bull one-two, however, and will take confidence from his pole-to-flag victory here last year.

    Maiden title in sights

    Having apparently banished the reliability problems that affected his first two races, many pundits have predicted the pace of the Red Bull should easily carry Vettel to a maiden world title.

    Chinese GP starting grid

    1 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull
    2 M Webber (AUS) Red Bull
    3 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari
    4 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes
    5 J Button (GBR) McLaren
    6 L Hamilton (GBR) McLaren
    7 F Massa (BRA) Ferrari
    8 R Kubica (POL) Renault
    9 M Schumacher (GER) Mercedes
    10 A Sutil (GER) Force India
    11 R Barrichello (BRA) Williams
    12 J Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso
    13 S Buemi (SUI) Toro Rosso
    14 V Petrov (RUS) Renault
    15 K Kobayashi (JPN) BMW Sauber
    16 N Huelkenberg (GER) Williams
    17 P de la Rosa (ESP) BMW Sauber
    18 V Liuzzi (ITA) Force India
    19 T Glock (GER) Virgin
    20 J Trulli (ITA) Lotus
    21 H Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus
    22 L Di Grassi (BRA) Virgin
    23 B Senna (BRA) HRT
    24 K Chandhok (IND) HRT

    "It's four races. We have to stay on the ground," he said.

    "Everything can still happen. Just before here I read some people don't think it's still a fight for four teams, but I think it is."

    Vettel trails Brazilian Felipe Massa by two points in the drivers' standings, while Red Bull are only third in the constructors' race behind Ferrari and McLaren with Mercedes behind them in fourth place.

    "In the points there's not much difference and you see how quickly things can change," Vettel added.

    "I had two failures this year, once I was lucky to manage to finish. Fernando (Alonso) had one just before the end of the race in Malaysia.

    "You have to be there consistently until the end of the season in Abu Dhabi and then you see who's got the most points.

    "It's a long, long way. We have to push to make sure we stay at the top. It's still very early."

    SOURCE: Reuters


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