Singapore: He has one hand on the Formula One drivers’ trophy -- and four fingers of his other hand too -- but once again runaway leader Sebastian Vettel was a model of cool understatement following practice at the Singapore Grand Prix.
His blond hair plastered to his head on a steamy night in the city-state, Vettel smiled on Friday as he was quizzed about the possibility of sealing the championship on Sunday with five races still remaining.
"I feel it is a weekend where we have a good car," he told a scrum of reporters after the second practice session. "It looks like a competitive car to be able to fight for the podium, so that`s all I am worrying about.”
"We did work quite a bit (on the set-up)... the car was good, though," he added after finishing fastest.
"We still need to make a good step overnight. So now we see what the others did and we`ll do our homework."
The 24-year-old German is aiming for his ninth victory of the season and leads the standings by 112 points.
Should the Red Bull driver stretch that advantage by a further 13 points on the Southeast Asian street circuit, he will become the sport`s youngest double world champion.
He will take that accolade from Ferrari`s Fernando Alonso who was second fastest behind Vettel on Friday.
"I think it looked pretty tight so it depends when and where and who was out so we`ll have to see," Vettel said, refusing to get ahead of himself.
"It is Friday, so tomorrow is Saturday and then we worry about practice three," he laughed. "We`ll just do our homework tonight and see what we can do.”
"I was busy when I was on the track but surely Ferrari looked quite competitive, Felipe (Massa) as well (as Alonso) so we need to see."