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Q&A with Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel 02 Aug 2007

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 2 August 2007 (L to R): Gerhard Berger (AUT) Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Part Owner; Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Toro Rosso and Franz Tost (AUT) Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal announcing Vettels' contract with the team for 2008.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 2 August 2007

Sebastian Vettel had a busy first day of work for Toro Rosso at the Hungaroring on Thursday - when he eventually got there. The 20-year old German, who has been announced as a race driver for the team through to the end of 2008, missed his original flight to Budapest.

When he did finally get to the circuit he underwent the obligatory FIA medical in preparation for his Toro Rosso race debut on Sunday, as well as the obligatory extraction test to prove he could get out his car unaided in under five seconds. After all that it was time to face the press with his new team bosses, Gerhard Berger and Franz Tost…

Q: Sebastian, when did you know you were actually driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso?
Sebastian Vettel:
Well, at the beginning of the week. All our talks and stuff started a bit earlier than that but 100 percent I knew it at the start of the week and then on Tuesday there was the announcement so it wasn’t a long time ago.

Q: There were announcements from both Red Bull and BMW; are you a BMW Sauber driver first or Red Bull second? Which way round is it?
SV:
I think the most important thing is that I was supported by both of them quite early on. Since 2005 I was supported by BMW as well and earlier than that by Red Bull. I did the race at Indy for BMW as a reserve driver (standing in) for Robert (Kubica). For sure, as a race driver, you want to race so I took the possibility to come to Toro Rosso and race.

Q: So what are your aims and goals for the rest of the season?
SV:
It’s difficult to predict because I’ve never been in the car, so tomorrow will be the first time but for sure, the car is not as strong as the top cars in front and there is a lot of work to do, but I think I can bring some motivation to the team and try my best to improve the situation and then finally get some points.

Q: And you’ve raced here before, or you’ve driven here before?
SV:
Yes, I’ve driven here before, only two or three weeks ago in Renault World Series so the last time I was in a racing car was here so maybe that’s kind of an advantage.

Q: Sebastian you are coming from a team that you just tested with - BMW Sauber - who are a front-running team, to a team that runs at the back. Was that any consternation for you? Did you worry about that? Or was it just that you wanted to race no matter what team it was?
SV:
Everybody can understand that this year the testing regulations are very restrictive. You don’t get to drive a lot. So the one that suffers most is the third driver, or even the two test drivers. Therefore I think it was a very smart decision and a great opportunity for myself to do the step and that’s it. For sure the car is not on the same basis as the BMW car for instance. But you know this is the challenge. The car is not up there but you know there is a lot to work on and a lot to improve so I try to do the best on the circuit and also off the circuit to improve the situation. I don’t care too much what happened in the past I prefer to focus on what is coming next and I am really looking forward to it.