14 Mar 2013

F1 drivers out to end Vettel's monopoly

11:55 am on 14 March 2013

Sebastian Vettel's rivals, perhaps more in hope than expectation, are looking to this weekend's Australian Grand Prix to usher in a season where the German and his Red Bull team have their three-year monopoly of Formula One titles broken.

There was similar talk of the gap to the dominant team narrowing last year, but after the chaos of the early season with its seven different winners in the first seven races, Vettel and Red Bull emerged to claim their title hat-tricks.

So on Sunday in Melbourne, Vettel begins his quest to match Juan-Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as the only drivers to have won four successive drivers' titles.