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Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel says he is not ready to be compared with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher while Romain Grosjean aims for the podium.
SINGAPORE: Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel says he is not ready to be compared with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher even though the 26-year-old has more championships in his bag than Schumacher did at the same age.
"I think I started earlier so that's probably not fair. But still, there's a long way to go,” said the German Red Bull driver.
“I'm not really looking for that or targeting that. I'm happy with where I am today and happy to race this weekend in Singapore. That's all I want to think of now."
Vettel made a special appearance at Marina Bay Sands Thursday afternoon.
He has had a turbulent season with teammate Mark Webber, who intends to leave F1 next season.
It took a turn for the worse after Vettel disobeyed team orders and overtook Webber at the Malaysian Grand Prix earlier this year.
However, Vettel maintains it is a good relationship, even as he looks forward to partnering Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo next season.
"I would say we have a professional relationship. For next year obviously it's a new start with a new teammate. I'm looking forward to the time with Daniel. I think he's very motivated. I'm very happy he got the job," said Vettel.
Hordes of fans showed up to catch a sneak peek of Vettel, with some diehard fans turning up three hours early, while others just wanted to catch a glimpse of the man who is en route to becoming a four-time world champion.
Ben Hennock, a decades-long Formula 1 fan from Australia, said: “A lot of people hate his attitude but I actually like it. He's got his eye on the top prize and you've got to have it at that level of sports."
"I support Mark Webber all the way. I just want to see Vettel...who doesn't want to see Vettel?" said another Formula 1 fan from Indonesia.
Grosjean aiming for podium
Meanwhile, Lotus F1 team's Romain Grosjean was at a media event at the Wisma Atria Shopping Mall earlier Thursday.
He finished 7th in the Singapore Grand Prix last year and is setting his sights on clinching a much better result this time around.
“It's one of the Grand Prix that you are looking forward to in the season, it's a night race, a great city and always a great atmosphere around here. Last year, I think, we could have done a little bit better. Hopefully this year the car is better. It would be amazing to finish on the podium, so I'm gonna give everything on Sunday,” said Grosjean
Having partnered former world champions in Fernando Alonso, and now Kimi Raikkonen, who is set to leave Lotus at the end of the season, Grosjean believes that despite their differences there is a common trait among the two he can learn from.
He said: “They are two very different characters and very different people but if they have one thing in common, is that they never give up and they try to push until the last seconds, that's something you can take from both of them."