Forget it!

Sebastian Vettel is the 2011 Formula One champion in waiting, and it seems most of the media has already crowned the German champion for the second successive year.

Mclaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is determined not to give up, despite the points gulf, but veteran driver Pedro de la Rosa is taking a more realistic approach.

'Perhaps this is the moment to forget Spa,' wrote the Spaniard in a column for formulasantander.com. 'Perhaps it is even the moment to forget the drivers' world championship.'

'Forgetting the calculator now, and accepting that there is already virtually a winner of this world championship, we can begin to think of 2012 and how to avoid at all costs the domination of Red Bull being prolonged for another season,' added de la Rosa.

Former F1 driver turned commentator David Coulthard is in agreement that the chasing pack have too great a task on their hands.

'Ferrari and McLaren have the resources and personnel to catch Red Bull, and in fact they have done so,' the big Scot writes in the Daily Telegraph.

'McLaren probably had the quickest car in Belgium at the weekend. They just didn't get the job done.

'Seb's lead ... has almost certainly assured him of a second successive world title.'

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