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“You try to prepare as much as you can. It’s not the first time we’ve raced on a completely new circuit.” Vettel said. “The most important thing is to get into a rhythm (Friday) and have a good start.”

Sunday’s race will be the 100th of Vettel’s career. His first was at the U.S. Grand Prix in 2007 and he recalled how difficult that race was when he finished eighth to earn his first point.

“Sitting here 100 races later is quite crazy in a way. I think if the number gives you anything, it’s just that you don’t realize how quickly time goes by,” the 25-year-old Vettel said.

Alonso, 31, has nearly 200 Formula One starts and he said he can’t even remember his 100th race.

“I don’t even know where it was,” Alonso said.

With the points chase so close between Vettel and Alonso, other drivers could factor into the championship if they steal points from those two. Kimi Raikkonen sits a distant third in the championship but won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Nov. 4.

“We try to do the best that we can as a team in the race and wherever we end up, if we take points out of either of them, that’s racing, that’s life,” Raikkonen said. “We just try to win, if not, score as much as we can.”