Sebastian Vettel says he will be happy just to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tomorrow, and that all the pressure regarding the championship is on Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber.
Vettel clinched his 10th pole position of the season at Yas Marina today, with championship leader Alonso third on the grid and Webber only fifth. If Vettel wins the race tomorrow, he still needs Alonso to finish fifth or lower and Webber third or lower to win the championship. But says he will be content with just the victory.
"I will feel very happy, but depends who else wins [the title]," the Vettel. "It is not dependent on me, all I can do is maximize my performance and then others have to deliver. Pressure-wise, we are not leading the championship so maybe there is more pressure on Fernando and Mark.
"Tomorrow we will do our maximum and then we will see what happens. It looks tight here, tighter than other places with Ferrari strong and McLaren very strong. After the race, there are screens around the track and there is time to see where others have finished, and see if there is something to celebrate or not.
"Ten pole positions in one season is not too bad, so whatever comes now, I think is a bonus anyway. My season has been up and down, I should be in a good position and I am not."
Vettel believes he and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber would have been quicker in qualifying if they'd chosen to do two runs, like McLaren and Ferrari, instead of one.
"It was tough, the conditions were tricky because the temperature dropped and in the late evening yesterday we didn't look too good," he explained. "But we made a good step today. We did the best job we can - we're in front of everyone else.
"In hindsight, it was probably quicker if we did two runs, but if there's anybody to blame it is myself. I thought it might be too tricky on the options if the first tire was not there.
"I'm surprised the circuit ramped up but we went out last and I did it. Ten poles is a great achievement, and shows how good our car is."