Sebastian Vettel thinks Red Bull Racing must keep pushing in the final two races of the Formula 1 campaign, even though the World Championships have been wrapped up.
Vettel's own drivers' crown, and Red Bull Racing's clinching of the constructors' title, have done little to dampen their desire for more success, with Vettel having won both the Korean and Indian Grands Prix since sealing the crown. Although he and his team have little to prove over the remainder of the campaign, Vettel believes it's vital that Red Bull Racing does not ease off, or think solely of developments for 2012.
"I think it would be wrong to approach the last races now and say 2011 doesn't matter and we only focus about 2012," said Vettel, as he chases a hat-trick of victories in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. "I think by doing that, you would miss something. There are 19 races, so that is 19 times to learn something. You get into a rhythm and routine, but I think every race does give you the chance to teach you some lessons.
"If you don't pay attention then you will not learn these lessons, even if looking at the development and so on you don't push as hard as you would if you were fighting for the championship.
"You cannot bring the 2012 car out now, and it would be bad if it would be finished already – it would be a bad sign. Next year's cars will be different so there are not too many things you can test, but you can learn a lot of things by just doing your normal work, your normal preparation and your normal job."
One of the remaining targets for Vettel this season is breaking records, with him able to equal Nigel Mansell's record 14 poles in a season from 1992, and Michael Schumacher's 17 podiums from 2002 this weekend. After beating Mansell's record for the number of laps led in a season in India, Vettel revealed that he received a letter from the 1992 champion congratulating him on the feat.
"I got a nice note from Nigel after the race, which I think is really nice. I would say I am more proud of receiving the letter than the actual record, because there is always someone at some stage who will do something better, or faster, with a different style," said Vettel.
"Nigel said well done, and he was very happy it took me 17 races instead of his 16 races! It is more an honor to get the appreciation, to find the appreciation, rather than the actual record."
Despite relishing breaking the records, Vettel insists they are not something he targets.
"It is not so much about records; it is about focusing on every step it takes. It would be wrong to say I want to break this record or that record because it is close or possible. If you do that you are thinking about the record rather than how to break the record. I think then you will fail. It is better to focus on what you do rather than the records."