Vettel to reduce off track activities to focus on title battle
22 October, 2012
Oct.22 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel is reportedly following Fernando Alonso’s lead, by reducing his off track commitments, as the pair knuckle down for their four race battle for the 2012 F1 World Championship title.
We reported a week ago that Spaniard Alonso has imposed a ‘media muzzle’ for the decisive flyaway trek through India, Abu Dhabi, the US and Brazil, and will even slash the time he spends with Ferrari’s crucial sponsors.
Ahead of the Indian Grand Prix this weekend, the local Telegraph newspaper said that championship leader Vettel is taking a similar approach as he aims for a third consecutive drivers’ title.
Set to arrive in Delhi on Wednesday, the German has told Red Bull “to not schedule possible distractions like promotionals”, the newspaper said.
“Four races remain and he’s determined to stay focused…he wants to make it three in a row…he seems obsessed,” a source told the Telegraph.
Indeed, Vettel will not attend Red Bull’s media event – a game of cricket with Indian star Gautam Gambhir – on Wednesday, even though his teammate Mark Webber will be there.
Ferrari is also leaving no stone unturned as it seeks to close the gap on Red Bull’s now-dominant 2012 car.
Italy’s Autosprint said that the Maranello team tested a newly-updated F2012 for Alonso at the Idiada facility in Spain last Thursday, with Davide Rigon at the wheel.
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