Sebastian Vettel Q&A: I have high hopes for this race 11 Nov 2010
All Formula One drivers dream of becoming the world champion. This weekend Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel could make his dream a reality. Vettel discusses his chances of title glory, ahead of this weekends Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Q: Sebastian, you must be feeling optimistic after winning in Brazil
Sebastian Vettel: It was indeed a very good weekend. It was only four days ago, but I am already fully focused on this weekend. Nevertheless we will take all the confidence from our victory in the constructors' world championship into this race, as it was very special for all of us.
Q: Would it be a dream to win the drivers title?
SV: Yes, as this is my aim, and I would say that it is also legitimate to dream about it. Everything else would be a nightmare. But luckily I have not had any nightmares lately.
Q: How would you rate your own chances?
SV: I think the chance is there, and the odds are maybe even better than they were two races ago. Of course it is rather an outsiders chance, as it really matters where my competitors end up. I think the secret lies in not making yourself crazy about it. It is important to drive your own race, and we will see what happens.
Q: Driving your own race could mean that you win but still make your team mate Mark Webber the new world champion
SV: What is in my head is that I want to win this race, and that is the goal. If this happens, we will find out very soon, but up until then there is still a lot of work ahead of us. We should not underestimate the importance of free practice and qualifying. It would be totally misleading to think about any special scenarios now.
Q: Your family is here to support you, how important is that for you?
SV: They are most probably the only ones who are not asking too many questions, so it is very good that they are here.
Q: How do you feel ahead of such an important weekend
SV: I feel very good, especially because this is now an extra challenge. The last races have been quite good for us. Of course the engine failure in Korea was not the best thing to happen, but overall the speed and the car are very good. We have managed to stay in the front through all kinds of circumstances and because of this my hopes are very high for this race that I will be able to use the chance when it presents itself.
Q: You won this race last season. Where do you have the advantage this year?
SV: In every turn. If you look throughout the season we have barely lost time in the turns, instead we have won time. On the straights we were suffering a bit, but during the last races we have made a good step forward on our F-duct system. So we should be well equipped here also.
Q: If you are leading, Webber is second and Alonso is in third, what would you do?
SV: At the end of the day we are employed by the team. And if this situation occurs you do not need to be a genius to decide what to do - you will act accordingly. I am not thinking too much about these kind of situations. I think it is more the people around us that do that - since Brazil Ive been asked this question quite often.
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