Sebastian Vettel remains convinced that Red Bull Racing can still win the World Championship this year, despite its difficult start to the campaign.
After Red Bull's dominant 2011 season, Vettel has not been able to challenge for victory in the opening two races – and failed to score any points in Malaysia following a collision with backmarker Narain Karthikeyan. But although admitting that the start to the year has not been what the team wanted, Vettel is optimistic that the situation will improve for both himself and his team.
"I admit, the first two races weren't exactly perfect but they weren't that bad either," said the World Champion. "We proved we can able to compete with the strongest teams and that's very important. When you get a mishap like the one I had in Malaysia, however, well then even we are helpless – but that's just how F1 works."
Vettel was highly critical of HRT driver Karthikeyan after their collision at Sepang, drawing criticism of his own behavior in some quarters after referring to the Indian driver as an "idiot," among other epithets, but the German said his reaction was only natural.
"Sometimes you let some emotion show and I don't think someone should be ashamed about that," he told Germany's Sport Bild. "It's part of the sport."
Looking ahead to the remainder of the campaign, Vettel added: "We now have 18 more races ahead of us and we will do all we can to defend our titles. I have total faith in the team, the car and myself. There's still much for us to do, but together as a team we can accomplish anything."