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Defending champ Vettel wary of Webber threat

Published on Feb 4, 2013 9:41 AM
Drivers Mark Webber of Australia (left) and Sebastian Vettel of Germany are seen posing for a photograph, in this picture provided by Red Bull, with the new car during the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 launch, in Milton Keynes central England Feb 3, 2013. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - World champion Sebastian Vettel insisted on Sunday that he is not the overwhelming favourite for a fourth successive Formula One title and believes his main threat could come from Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.

The season roars into action on March 17 in Melbourne, with 19 races scheduled over nine months with the season closer in Brazil on Nov 24.

"It's one thing to look back at what we have achieved as a team, but really I feel that we all start again from zero," said Germany's Vettel, who became the youngest man to win three straight titles in 2012 at the age of 25.

"So we've all got the same chances and it will be a long year, a lot of races and a very tough challenge waiting for all of us. If anything the expectations are there, people expect something, but more than that, we expect ourselves to do well again so there's a lot of pressure.

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