Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner says his team's plan is simply to go on the attack in the Japanese Grand Prix as it starts from both ends of the grid.
The aerodynamic strengths of Red Bull's RB5 chassis has allowed Vettel to take pole position, but his team-mate Mark Webber will be forced to start from the pit lane after damaging his car in a Saturday morning practice accident.
Horner says that the team will not be worrying about the championship implications – the plan is purely to go out and fight.
"It's a Red Bull sandwich," said Horner. "We've got to attack the race from both ends of the grid, just go for it and do the best we can. We saw in qualifying that there were quite a lot of incidents, so who knows what the race will throw at us?"
The spate of accidents that marred qualifying has highlighted the challenges of the Suzuka circuit – and makes it likely that Sunday's race will be incident-filled.
Horner thinks that the nature of the track, allied to the fact that drivers lost a day of dry running on Friday, explains why there were so many crashes.
"I think it's just one of those days with not a great deal of time for drivers to get their eye," he said. "There was a lot of pressure going into qualifying, so perhaps that contributed to it. And it's an unforgiving track. Sebastian was fortunate to do two sessions in the BMW in 2006 and that stood him in good stead."