Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Pole keeps title hopes alive 03 Oct 2009
He said that he will fight until the last breath for the title. Saturday at Suzuka was the first chance to show that he really meant it and, with bravura, Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel demonstrated that he really has not given up on the championship yet. On a demanding track, under difficult conditions that saw rivals dropping by the wayside, he kept his cool and clocked pole position. Only Sundays race will show if the car can keep up with him
Q: Sebastian, with what objectives did you go into qualifying?
Sebastian Vettel: After it went so well in Practice Three I definitely had pole on my mind. The crucial thing is always to do the time that gets you forward in the first run - and we managed to do that.
Q: After you got pole what dominated your thoughts: the satisfaction of holding P1 on the grid or the disappointment of knowing that without six retirements this season the gap to Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello could be so much closer?
SV: We are not people who cry over spilled milk of the past. We have shown today that if we all pull our strength together we can transform our efforts into results. And no doubt that after the last race this pole means a big boost and be sure I want to make the best out of it in the race tomorrow.
Q: Youve been so quick in sector one up the hill, in fact quite substantially quicker than Lewis Hamilton. How did you manage that?
SV: Maybe Ive discovered a shortcut! But honestly, the car really worked well today and on top of this Ive had a tip from a very experienced driver that helped a lot. But I really do like the track. The asphalt gave everybody much more grip. In fourth or fifth gear with a floating combination of corners it gives you the feeling of flying - its probably there when it sets in: Red Bull gives you wings. The car is perfect and gives you much room to attack. You want to go on and on and on.
Q: Youve clocked pole in a very unusual qualifying session. What was your experience all those incidents?
SV: Probably like everybody else on the monitor. The good news is that all involved seem to be well - even Timo (Glock) who obviously had the most severe accident. What became clear this afternoon is that everybody is absolutely driving on the limit - and then to fly off is something that happens very, very fast. With the three others who parked their cars in the barriers I think they were simply a bit too fast, but in Timos case I would say that something broke on his car because in this section you dont go straight.
Q: Turn Nine seems to be the crucial part of the track. Could that be a problem in the race?
SV: Fast corners are always tricky because if you get it wrong you move away from your line and as this track is not very wide you probably find somebody else already there - and then it can be game over.
Q: Using a term from tennis: Jenson has a match point tomorrow, but he is serving against the sun. Will you try to rain on his parade?
SV: Ah, that was a very pretty question! You can be sure that this is our plan for tomorrow. And if we want to keep our chances alive its tomorrow or never. We are in a very good position to score points and if our competitors are able to play the ball - you see Im staying in tennis terminology - we will see.
Q: Jarno Trulli is next to you on the front row. He has a reputation of being very hard to overtake - does that concern you?
SV: Im not looking so much to who is next to me, but to the KERS car thats behind me. Generally I think that we should have the pace to stay in front, but given the fact that everybody is so close together we have to see how the start goes.