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Vettel not thinking about championship lead

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Current world champion Sebastian Vettel has admitted the size of his championship lead is not his main focus heading into this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

Looking for three wins in-a-row on the Marina Bay street circuit Vettel's recent domination has spurred talk as to just how big Vettel's eventual winning points margin will be by seasons end and which race he will officially become a four-time champion.

Vettel played down that talk however insisting his points lead is not his main focus.

"I'm not trying to be champion with a particular points advantage," he is quoted by the German news agency SID.

"I'm also not thinking about what the others are doing or what is good or bad for us in terms of points."

Indeed Vettel tries to ignore the championship table during the season, but told by reporters of his current 53-points lead Vettel insisted he will keep pushing.

"There may be some who are bored of us winning so often, but not us," he smiled.

Meanwhile Vettel was forced to defend Red Bull's decision to promote Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo to partner the German for 2014. After Ferrari's recent signing of Kimi Raikkonen for next season some believe the appointment of the Australian has made the team weaker due to Ricciardo's lack of experience but Vettel denies that theory.

"For next year, with a lot of new things coming in, it probably doesn't matter so much whether you've been around the last couple of years," he is quoted by the British broadcaster Sky.

As for the new Ferrari line-up, Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda has backed the move insisting Ferrari has made the right decision.

"It's the right decision by (Luca di) Montezemolo, because Ferrari has been behind Red Bull on the last four world championships, which doesn't make him happy," Lauda told CNN.

The Austrian compared Raikkonen's move to that Lewis Hamilton made to Mercedes for 2014.

"I got Hamilton last year, I convinced him to join the team and he made a hell of a difference," Lauda insisted.

And the triple world champion believes the imminent Raikkonen arrival could have an immediate effect on Fernando Alonso.

"If Alonso is annoyed that Raikkonen is coming, then he will drive even faster in Singapore, even if Kimi is not even there (at Ferrari) yet," he said.

Meanwhile Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost has also backed the move claiming Raikkonen's relaxed lifestyle doesn't mean he can not race for the big teams.

"He even seems to drink faster than the others," the Austrian laughed, according to Spain's Marca newspaper.

"What I mean is, no matter what he does on his days off, he obviously trains hard because he is in perfect physical shape. Look at his neck -- he's a bull.

"That comes from somewhere, not only the bottle," added Tost.

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