Sebastian Vettel's fourth title bid faces triple-edged threat

Vettel, looking to emulate Juan Manuel Fangio and Schumacher as a four-in-a-row champion, was only eighth fastest in testing at Barcelona last weekend.

updated: March 09, 2013 21:37 IST
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Paris: Sebastian Vettel's bid to become only the third driver to rack-up four successive world titles faces a triple-edged challenge from Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes in 2013.

The German Red Bull driver was crowned the youngest three-time champion in 2012, grabbing the championship from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by just three points in a breath-taking season-finale in Brazil after a roller-coaster campaign.

Vettel and Red Bull, whose lacklustre performance in pre-season winter testing was masked by sleight of hand fuelling to keep rivals guessing, will start the 19-race campaign as favourites.

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