Vettel could win title at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix to join Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio and Alain Prost in winning four drivers' championships
Felipe Massa, Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta among contenders
The Finn won the world title with the Prancing Horse in 2007
The Finn is set to join Ferrari for the 2014 season
As Lewis Hamilton qualified only 12th for today's Italian Grand Prix after admitting that he drove "like an idiot", and the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber crushed their opposition, the pressure on Ferrari ramped up even further as Fernando Alonso angrily declaimed his team after managing only fifth place on the grid for the race he must win if he is to stay in the world championship hunt.
The spectacular tyre failure that robbed Lewis Hamilton of the British Grand Prix victory he was determined to deliver to his legion of fans not only handed the win to his Mercedes’ team-mate Nico Rosberg but proved a prelude to a dramatic and dangerous day which moved Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey to suggest that the sport had had a “narrow escape.”
Tyre manufacturer acts to stop repeat of British GP which was overshadowed by a string of high-profile blowouts
The British Grand Prix was yesterday overshadowed by a string of tyre failures that will lead to serious questions being asked of manufacturer Pirelli.
Lotus driver ahead of Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in second practice
If Jenson Button was remotely peeved that his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton was on the podium again yesterday while he could only manage fifth place in his McLaren, he hid it well. Instead, the Briton was in buoyant mood after another race which suggests that the Woking team are getting on top of their new car.
Ferrari driver out paces team-mate Fernando Alonso
Sebastian Vettel mastered the tricky conditions to make it back-to-back pole positions to start the new Formula One season.
The final pre-season session before the start of the season is taking place
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has dismissed the prospect of the new Formula One season witnessing anything close to last year's return of seven different winners from the first seven races.
Stefano Domenicali wants to see a better start than in recent seasons
When Sebastian Vettel snatched the 2010 World Championship from beneath his nose in Abu Dhabi in the last race of the season, insiders say that Fernando Alonso wept inconsolably in the Ferrari garage for an hour and a half. The defeat – based on flawed strategic thinking as Ferrari kept an eye on Mark Webber and shadowed his pit stops instead of watching Vettel, and a lengthy spell trapped behind Vitaly Petrov's fleet Renault with no DRS to facilitate overtaking – cost Englishman Chris Dyer his job at Ferrari and tore out the Spaniard's heart.