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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Red Bull good in wet or dry 02 Oct 2009

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 2 October 2009 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB5.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 2 October 2009 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing talks with Dr Helmut Marko (AUT) Red Bull Motorsport Consultant.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 2 October 2009 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB5.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 2 October 2009

As the wet weather on Friday didn’t permit him to make too many exploratory laps of the Suzuka circuit, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was not really able to get much information out of his two practice sessions. But as Vettel’s competitors were all in the same situation, he isn’t too worried, especially as his shortage of engines wouldn’t have allowed him to rack up much mileage anyway…

Q: What did you gain from Friday practice?
Sebastian Vettel:
We only had the chance to get used to the track in heavy wet conditions, and that was basically it. As everyone could see, a lot of driving was not possible, and all of us were just able to carry out the minimal amount of laps. Also we have to save tyres, so that if it rains on Sunday we still want to have some new sets of tyres available.

Q: Would you describe a day like Friday’s practice as a wasted day?
SV:
If you take a look at how many engines are left for us, we are very limited anyway with mileage, so for us it was not too wasted.

Q: So one could describe the absence of Toyota’s Timo Glock, due to illness, as the right strategy?
SV:
If the weather is dry on both Saturday and Sunday then that was the right choice, as he will not have missed anything at all.

Q: Would you prefer more wet weather or drier conditions?
SV:
For us this does not matter, as I think our car works well in both dry and wet conditions. To interpret anything into the timings would be senseless, as there is no black and white. For me the most important thing was that the car felt very good, and the rest we have to see on Saturday.

Q: Do you think it could be a lottery if it rains during qualifying?
SV:
It might be possible, as you don’t know for sure if it’s going to stay dry here in Suzuka. If it is the case, it was even more important that we could get a feeling for the track in very wet conditions.