With 4 races left this season 4 drivers are looking to end the seaon with at least a win. Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton are all keen to end the season on a high. However, the key focus is now all about 2012.
Sebastian Vettel has raised the bar this year with a relentless performance of speed and consistency. The double world champion has finished every race and his worst finish is 4th. It is an incredible performance and he deserves all the praise that he receives. I would not be surprised if he continued this for the entire season.
It has definitely sent a message to McLaren and Ferrari that if they want to be winning the championships next year then they have to raise their game. This season was effectively over after 5 races. Despite Hamilton winning in China, Vettel's consistency gave him a lead that meant he was never under much pressure. McLaren and Fernando Alonso need to be on it from the first race to avoid a repeat of this season.
Next season could be another classic title battle and with an extra supporting cast including the interteam battle at Mercedes, the potential return of Kimi Raikkonen and hopefully the return of Robert Kubica it should be fascinating viewing. We just need McLaren and Ferrari to step up to give us that.