Vettel returns to the desert with F1 leadDUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel is aiming to build on his late-season resurgence and extend his lead in the Formula One standings when he heads back to the desert for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.
Abu Dhabi holds fond memories for Vettel, who clinched his first title there with a victory in 2010.
While he won’t be lifting the drivers’ trophy at the Yas Marina track this year, the two-time defending champion is the favorite for a third straight drivers’ title after his victory Sunday at the Indian Grand Prix.
The Indian GP was the German driver’s fourth straight win - completing a clean sweep of F1’s Asian swing - and gave him a 13-point lead over championship rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari with three races to go.
Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus is 67 points back in the standings in third spot, while Vettel’s teammate, Mark Webber, is another six points back.