Back in the rhythm - Sebastian Vettel Q&A 22 Oct 2010
After his race win at Suzuka, Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel goes into the Korean Grand Prix weekend on a high. Whether that boost will be enough to bring him the championship remains to be seen. What is clear is that how he and his rivals adjust to the unfamiliar surroundings of Yeongam will be critical to their title chances - and Vettel is up for the challenge
Q: Sebastian, you had some holiday after your Japanese win. Did you have the title on your mind during that time?
Sebastian Vettel: I think it is normal that you dream about certain things and obviously becoming F1 world champion is something that is on my agenda - of course it is a dream that you dream once in a while.
Q: How important was your Suzuka win for your preparation for this weekend?
SV: It is always a bonus if you go into an important race weekend with a win - it always gives you a bit of extra tailwind and adds to your self-confidence. Remembering that Sunday in Suzuka, it was a very busy and unusual day, with qualifying and the race on the same day, which added a lot to the experience. And then both had a happy ending - that made me sleep extra well.
Q: How were those holidays for you?
SV: I wouldnt necessarily call it holidays. It was basically staying in the same time zone and not doing that jetlag thing another time. Sure there was also a bit of sun involved, hanging out in that part of the world. And of course there is always training at this point of the championship.
Q: Looking at the standings, you are probably the dark horse in the fight for the title. How do you see it?
SV: Well, I am doing my own thing and not thinking of what people think I am or am not. I am fully concentrating on myself - then lets wait and see what the outcome will be. The most important thing is to be at the top of the standings after the last race. Everything before that is irrelevant.
Q: You are still locked in a hot inter-team battle. Mathematically speaking all you have to do is stay ahead of Mark Webber at the last three races
SV: Its not only Mark. There are also others that you have to consider. There are still five candidates for the title, with bigger or smaller chances. Dont forget that this weekend here in Korea is new to all of us and what will be key is who is adapting to this new track and these different circumstances best and fastest.
Q: Would you say that right now you have a bit more momentum than Mark, after your Japan win?
SV: I think if there is momentum on my side I know the reason. The last race was good for me and I felt comfortable in the car and got back into the rhythm. Not that I had lost it, but there have been things throughout the season that were probably not visible from the outside. What we have learned from last year is that if you dont have the possibility to win you should not try to force it. We have been able to collect a lot of points and are now in a position to be in the race for both titles.
Q: Is there a competitor out of the four whom you fear more than the others?
SV: Mark is in the best position right now - he is in the lead. But we have also seen this season that things can change very fast, so three races to go is almost an eternity and I will have an eye on all four, not only one.
Q: What is your first impression of this new F1 entrant Korea?
SV: I have to say that Ive not been here long enough here to have an opinion. Basically it was the track and a bit of the surroundings. At some parts the track looks pretty finished, other parts are still a bit of a construction site. But I think that all the voices that you heard in the last couple of weeks saying that this race will not happen - there is no indication of that. The infrastructure is rather limited - namely the hotels - but that is all negligible and for the conditions it looks quite good, so we should be heading for an interesting race weekend. That is the most important thing. The moment the engines are roaring all other things are completely unimportant.
Q: You have been walking the track. Where do you see advantages for Red Bull?
SV: That is very obvious: sector one shouldnt be our favourite part because there are many straights and it is no secret that straights dont play to our advantage. But as this part has corners as well it should not all be too bad and we should not over dramatize it. I think that overall the track should work quite well for us. There are tracks that work far less for us, like Monza or Spa. Sectors two and three have hardly any straight lines, so no reason to panic there. From what I saw the track is very dusty so it will be very interesting how it works tomorrow. Finding out the grip level will be an adventure.
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