Sebastian Vettel continuing to enjoy success as winning run maintained at Korean GP
Horner, meanwhile, says Red Bull not looking at points permutations
By James Galloway
Last Updated: 07/10/13 8:53am
The in-form Red Bull driver moved yet one step closer - and potentially just seven days away from - entering the rarefied realm of quadruple World Champions with a serene victory in Yeongam on Sunday, a success which represented his fourth in a row and sixth in the last eight events.
Vettel has also now taken the coveted hat-trick of pole position, race win and fastest lap at each of the last two grands prix, although stressed after his latest Sunday success that the Lotus pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean had proved major challengers to him.
The German will clinch his fourth successive World Championship in this week's Japanese GP if he wins the race and Fernando Alonso fails to finish higher than ninth.
"I am extremely happy with the result," the World Champion told Sky Sports F1's Johnny Herbert during a podium ceremony, which for the first time in several races was not overshadowed by the booing of the sport's pre-eminent driver.
"It was a great job by the team, we had two very good stops. I think it was quite good we had the Safety Car coming out, the first time we were just a couple of corners before the pit entry.
"Fortunately we had enough pace to always open up a little bit of a gap even though Kimi and Romain were pretty competitive the longer the stint was.
"So I think they did maybe a little better job looking after their tyres but all in all, fantastic. I'm loving what I do, the team is fantastic. We all have a good time and just enjoy the moment."
In what is becoming as regular a theme in 2013 as Vettel victories, the Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner, was effusive in his praise of his driver's current level of performance.
The Red Bull chief also paid tribute to the team's own relentless scale of improvement.
"It was a great performance from Seb today. Very, very disciplined in tricky conditions because it was all about watching that front-right tyre and not doing too much damage to it," Horner told Sky Sports F1.
"He's just hit peak form at the right time. The standard that he's performing at the moment is unbelievable and he's continuing to get better and continuing to improve.
"The guys are doing a great job with the car and the development of the guy. Adrian [Newey] and the guys back at Milton Keynes are still pushing hard and balancing that act between 2013 and the big regulation change next year."
Vettel's 34th career win, combined with main title contender Fernando Alonso's middling sixth-place finish, means the World Champion will successfully defend his title again if he wins next week's Japanese GP and his Ferrari rival doesn't finish in the top eight.
But despite the championship again fast looming into view, Horner insisted: "Mathematically I believe he can, but we're not looking like that."