Sebastian Vettel Q&A: It is vital that we win this race 10 Sep 2009
Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel knows that this weekends Italian Grand Prix could make or break his 2009 title hopes. He won here at Monza last year and hopes to be on the podium again on Sunday, though the German admits that the KERS effect - and the weather - could temper the odds
Q: Sebastian, this is the fastest track in Formula One. You had a bit of a problem keeping up the pace in Spa, so what do you expect here?
Sebastian Vettel: Well, I hope that we perform stronger this weekend. If the car is good enough to win, then we have to win. In Spa, we could not, but we had a good race and did everything that we could do. In general we never were really struggling with pace - even though we sometimes were not able to win the race, we still had a very good pace to finish third, fourth or fifth, and not much worse than that.
Q: KERS could play a major role here. Will KERS - or the lack of it - decide this race?
SV: I predict that we will be in good shape, but how good will depend on how big the effect of KERS is - especially with Renault running it. How big the effect of KERS will be we will know tomorrow. With no testing and no experience of this circuit, we don't know. Either we have a good surprise or a bad surprise tomorrow for all of the non-KERS cars. Overtaking the KERS cars is never easy, and in a place like here where you have more straights than anywhere else it is even harder.
Q: You are 19 points behind championship leader Jenson Button, so you must have a very clear vision of what you want to achieve this weekend
SV: If we want to keep our chances it is vital that we win this race. Be sure that we will try everything to make it happen.
Q: You will use your final engine this weekend. Is there any worry about whats left for the four remaining races?
SV: No, I'm not overly worried. Obviously it's not the best situation to be in, but you can't change it. We have to accept it and make the best of it.
Q: You must have great Monza memories as it was here last year that you won your first race. Is it a special feeling coming back here?
SV: There you can see how times flies. Is it really already one year ago? Well, of course good memories as the podium here is very special with all the fans - and be sure it I would appreciate it very much to be back on the podium on Sunday. But there is a lot of work that comes first.
Q: Would a little bit of rain be welcomed? Last year it did the trick for you.
SV: For the start yes. No doubt last year if it had been dry we would not have had the pace at all to win the race. And under those conditions we did the best job, had the best car and didnt make any mistakes. This weekend there could be some rain - maybe yes, maybe not - so we have to maximize our package and our performance on the circuit.
Q: What is your impression of last years Singapore incident? Were you suspicious at the time?
SV: Initially not, But then there were some discussions after the race and some rumours going around that Piquet had put the car into the wall on purpose. But then it was very quickly silent again so I cannot say anything about it. Only he and the people that were around him know exactly what happened.
Q: Could you imagine crashing your car on purpose?
SV: It costs a lot of money. But lets be serious. It holds an incalculable risk for yourself, other drivers and the fans.