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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: It should have been Red Bull's day 15 Mar 2010

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Saturday, 13 March 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Saturday, 13 March 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 14 March 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 12 March 2010

It’s no secret that Sebastian Vettel hates losing - especially when he knows he should have won. In Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, his Red Bull started from pole and looked to be not just the quickest car, but also a very tyre-friendly one on an excellent race strategy. That was until technical gremlins intervened. Vettel can only hope it was a one-off and for the German, his season now starts in Melbourne…

Q: Sebastian, most people watching the race were convinced you were going to win. Then came lap 33. When you were driving had you any idea of what had failed?
Sebastian Vettel:
No, in the car I had no idea. I just realized that there was a dramatic lack of speed. In some moments it came back again, but on the straights there was a fundamental difference to the car before and after lap 33. The fourth place is somewhat of a damage limitation but until that hapless lap it was really our race. We were better at dealing with the tyres than everybody else. Fernando (Alonso) tried to attack but realized shortly after that he would destroy his tyres in doing so, so it would have been our day.

Q: Did you get a sense of deja vu from last season - fastest car, fastest driver, but still not at the top?
SV:
A bit, yes. Until lap 33 it looked as if we could bring it home easily. But then I don’t want to put too much philosophy into it. It was a failure on the car and that’s it.

Q: Fernando passed you, Felipe passed you and Lewis passed you. How hard did you have to fight to retain P4? At times it looked as if the two Mercedes were also set to pass you...
SV:
Very hard. On the straights there was nothing coming back with ‘pedal to the metal’ and only in the corners could I think of defending my position. But that was not enough to come nearer to the podium. There were moments when I was jerking a bit that the power came back, but not enough to make a significant difference. I then had to go into defence rather than attack mode.

Q: Amid all that misfortune do you take anything positive away from the first race?
SV:
Absolutely. We know that we have a great car, that we are very competitive, in qualifying and in the race. Until 16 laps before the chequered flag the race was one hundred percent coming our way, so we have to avoid issues - then we are in a very good shape. That bolsters the self confidence for the next rounds.