Global Motorsport Media
On the day of his likely crowning as a double world champion, Sebastian Vettel can look ahead to becoming F1's all-time greatest driver.
That is the view of Niki Lauda, who said there is "no reason" the Red Bull driver cannot target Michael Schumacher's record of seven career titles.
"It is possible," the three time champion told Bild am Sonntag newspaper at Suzuka.
"What is not possible is to look ahead five years, but I see no reason why next year Vettel will be a worse driver or have a worse car," said Lauda.
The Japanese Grand Prix takes place in the early morning Europe-time, and pole sitter Vettel only needs to finish tenth to guarantee his consecutive crown.
"What this means for us at home: coffee, rolls and champagne for dessert!" said Bild.
The 24-year-old German however is not preparing to ease off the throttle.
I see no reason why next year Vettel will be a worse driver
"No matter what happens, I will race just the same in the next four races and next year. I am far from satisfied," said Vettel.
And what will his boss Dietrich Mateschitz be drinking later on Sunday: "Red Bull Royale", he told Die Welt newspaper, referring to the mixed champagne drink.