Sebastian Vettel Q&A: One word - super! 22 Sep 2013
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel breezed to victory in Sunday's race in Singapore, the longest and most physical challenge on the calendar. However, there are still six Grands Prix left this season, so Vettel is still keeping cool on his title chances...
Q: Sebastian, it's getting difficult to comment on yet another win. It seems to be second nature to you, so how would you comment on todays victory?
Sebastian Vettel: One word: super! But I have said over the team radio that this is a team victory because on a track like Singapore everything has to fall into place - the car, the strategy and the window of flexibility. And today everything worked just perfectly. But that comes, of course, with a price: when others are already sitting at the poolside we are still in the paddock working meticulously on the smallest detail. So yes, success has its price. (laughs) But it does make a difference over a race weekend - and over the whole season.
Q: The start was the only time you seemed to be under pressure...
SV: Yes, it was pretty tight with Nico (Rosberg). I thought I had reacted fast to the lights, but obviously he was a bit faster. Somehow it felt that the car was a bit slow in getting to speed and it didnt help to know that we had a tiny clutch issue. So when I suddenly saw him in my mirror and then alongside me, I then of course had to give him the space, even if I tried to fight back with everything I had. Probably the bite was a bit to big for him as he also was on the dirty side of the track and I was lucky because the next corner was a left turn - so I managed to fend him off.
Q: At what point in the race did you realise you were head and shoulders above the rest?
SV: That feeling doesnt come as easily as everybody on the outside might think. The first goal was to get as far as possible on the soft tyres and I managed to stay two more laps on the track then Nico did. And then after the safety car went in we tried to build a gap as we had seen that some others immediately pitted during the safety-car phase and we didnt know how the new tyres would affect our position.
Q: So what was your highlight today?
SV: Those laps where I tried to get everything out of the car and myself - where I was absolutely on the limit on the harder tyres to build up a gap, and then when we switched to the supersofts when everybody was on the harder compound - we knew that we could take it a bit easier as the supersofts were almost one and a half seconds faster. Towards the end I think that Fernando (Alonso) and Kimi (Raikkonen) were in a similar position, trying to bring their position to the chequered flag, as at this stage of the race there was no real attack coming from them.
Q: Todays win means a big step forward on the road to your fourth title...
SV: Hold on. There are still six races to go, so we have to keep cool and keep our feet on the ground. But tonight we will celebrate with the team - we will definitely have a ball. And then let's focus on the next race.
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