Vettel primed for treble push
Sebastian Vettel will recharge his batteries for the next few days before a potential triple-whammy in the United States.
The race at the newly-developed Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, will be a landmark occasion for Vettel as it will be the 100th of his Formula One career.
Bearing in mind his debut was in the US in 2007 when as reserve at BMW Sauber he stood in for Robert Kubica following the Pole's accident in Canada the week before, there is a certain symmetry to the occasion.
To add to the potential party that weekend, Red Bull can win their third consecutive constructors' title if they collect the five points they require to achieve the feat.
Vettel can become only the third driver in F1 history to win three championships in a row if he outscores closest rival Fernando Alonso by at least 15 points.
Such a scenario was set up by Sunday's remarkable race in Abu Dhabi, won by Kimi Raikkonen to give Lotus their first victory this season.
As for Vettel, he went from pitlane to podium by finishing third - directly behind Alonso - after being dumped to the back of the grid by stewards for a fuel irregularity post-qualifying.
The possibility of another two titles aside, the fact the race will see him hit a ton, clearly raised Vettel's eyebrows.
"It (100 GPs) sounds a lot. Time goes by so quickly," said Vettel.
"I'm sure if you asked Fernando and Kimi if they remember their first races they would probably feel it's not that long ago.
"I think more than anything, if you do something you love, that you enjoy, then time goes by so quickly.
"Now, when I talk about 2006, 2007, when I started to drive a Formula One car for the first time, I still know most of the guys and can recall the places I have been.
"If you then tell me that was six years ago, it sounds like a big number."
Vettel has naturally matured over time, but he feels his life would be very different if he was forced to play it serious all the time.
"Obviously with age you get a little smarter - hopefully - you learn certain things and get a little more relaxed," said Vettel.
"But it's also important to stay childish, to stay hungry and make mistakes, otherwise how can you go forward?
"All in all, I'm looking forward to going home, getting some rest, regaining some energy to be fully charged in America to attack and try to win."
Vettel certainly attacked at the Yas Marina circuit, proving himself to be a true racer, and not just someone who only knows how to win from being at the front.
The 25-year-old was also the coolest figure inside Red Bull as team boss Christian Horner revealed Vettel was playing a drum kit before the race and told him 'I'll see you on the podium'.
That determination has helped steer him to the brink of yet another place in F1 history as only Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio have ever previously won three or more in a row, but for Vettel, it has to be with a sense of fun, too, along the way.
"I said to the guys before the race that I trust them 100 per cent and that they can trust me," said Vettel.
"There was no reason to give up, even though when you look at where we started it was the worst possible spot.
"But we gave it everything we had and when you do that you cannot fail, so it was a perfect example of what can be achieved.
"Everyone was focused on the moment, enjoying it as well.
"Of course, we are here to fight for wins and stuff like that, but we are also here to have a good time, enjoy and have fun.
"All the guys in the team at the moment, they don't want to be anywhere else.
"Obviously it's tough on a Sunday, the tension is there, you're nervous, but also excited.
"A race such as yesterday, there is difficulty in starting last, but it's also a challenge, to race every single lap."