THREE-TIME formula one world champion Sebastian Vettel will go into this weekend's Indian Grand Prix with the opportunity to join the greats of the sport if he clinches the title.
Vettel goes into the New Delhi race with a 90-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and even if Alonso were to win Vettel only has to finish fifth or better to take out his fourth championship.
This will put the Red Bull driver in the elite company of Michael Schumacher who won seven championships including five consecutive wins from 2000 to 2004 and the great Juan Manuel Fangio who won five championships including four consecutive wins from 1954 to 1957.
The only other driver to score more than three championships was Alain Prost who won the championship in 1985 and 1986 and then in 1989 and 1993.
If Vettel were to win the race, which he has done since the circuit opened in 2011, that would be his sixth consecutive GP win and gives him a real chance of matching the record set by Alberto Ascari who won nine consecutive races in 1952 and 1953 driving a Ferrari.
In 116 GP starts Vettel has scored 35 wins, 58 podium finishes and 42 pole positions.
In contrast Schumacher had 307 starts to record an astounding 91 wins, 155 podiums and 66 pole positions.
Prost had 199 starts for 51 wins, 106 podiums and 33 pole positions while Fangio had 52 starts for 24 wins, 35 podiums and 29 pole positions.
It has to be remembered that back in the Fifties there were only eight or so races a year compared to twenty now so that makes Fangio's record even more remarkable.
Apart from the drivers championship it's possible that Red Bull could wrap up the prestigious Constructors title with a good result from Vettel and Mark Webber.
LAST weekend's somewhat farcical Australian Motor Cycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island has revitalised the championship battle with three riders in with a mathematical chance to take out the title.
The win by two-time champion Jorge Lorenzo for Yamaha and the disqualification of championship leader Marc Marquez on the Honda denied the 20-year-old Marquez the chance to become the youngest ever grand prix champion in the premier class.
Going into this weekend's penultimate round at Motegi in Japan, Marquez leads on 298 points from Lorenzo on 280 and Honda's Dani Pedrosa on 264.
Pedrosa has won this race for the last two years and has not ruled himself out of championship contention even though there are only 50 points left to win from this race and the final race at Valencia.
THE announcement this week that young gun Chas Mostert will replace Will Davison at Ford Performance Racing next year has created a problem for the Dick Johnson Racing team who had been hoping to retain the 21-year-old's services for 2014.
Mostert had been on loan to the DJR team from FPR and there is no question his undoubted talent and early success would have assisted the struggling Queensland team to secure much needed funding to continue on into the future.
Now the iconic team will have to search for a new star driver and that will not be easy as there is no obvious choice on the market.
Meanwhile it's almost certain that Davison will join the Erebus Mercedes AMG team in 2014 which if true seems to be a strange move.