Q&A with Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel 26 Mar 2010
Although his Friday didnt quite go to plan after an off-track excursion during Practice Two, Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel is optimistic that hell be back amongst the frontrunners on Saturday in Melbourne. With Vettels team mate Mark Webber finishing the day third quickest, the odds seem good for the young German
Q: Sebastian, how would you sum up your Bahrain weekend?
Sebastian Vettel: Well, I would say that Friday and Saturday were almost perfect. In hindsight, I think we were happy to keep P4 on the Sunday, with the problems that we had. Of course it would have been so much better to win the race, but to leave Bahrain with the knowledge that we had done everything correctly - aside from the spark plug lapse - it felt very, very good!
Q: You must have analysed the problem - what did you discover?
SV: Ah, it was quite easy. You take out the faulty plug and put a new one in. Thats it. As for what caused the plug failure, we are still working on it. From my experience what happened was a very rare incident, so it should not haunt us again.
Q: How does the Melbourne track suit the RB6?
SV: Last year our car worked well on any kind of circuit, and the RB6 is in exactly the same mould. On tracks that werent so well suited to the RB5, we were still able to finish among the top five, and there is no indication why it shouldnt be the same here.
Q: How do you like this track?
SV: I definitely like it. Its one of my favourites on the calendar. Its a street circuit, which means that on day one its always very slippery. But that improves over the weekend and on Sunday there have always been excellent conditions. I also like the city. Its a very laidback place and the fans here are fantastic. The only downside is that its a long journey to get here.
Q: What driver qualities does the track demand?
SV: Patience! As I said it is very slippery, so you have to be careful and not start panicking. You just have to wait. The other important thing is to find your rhythm. As it is a street circuit it is quite bumpy and you have to find a rhythm with which you can ride these bumps best.
Q: In Practice Two you had a look at Melbourne from a 360 degree perspective
SV: It wasnt completely 360 degrees! I was able to interrupt it shortly before that. Its true it was far from ideal today - the word chaotic springs to my mind - but everything is still working, even though we are not where we would like to be. Overnight we have to see what we can come up with.
Q: How useful is a rainy practice session anyway?
SV: Its kind of strange when everybody is sitting in the pits waiting for the track to dry. And because nobody is out on track it takes even longer to dry up.
Q: Judging from Mark Webbers time, the RB6 seems pretty competitive here
SV: Yes, but I hope it doesnt start to smoke again. But seriously, yes it feels quite good.
Q: Do you always want to beat you team mate?
SV: For sure, as your team mate is your first challenger. And for sure Mark will try anything to beat me on Sunday. But I have always expressed that we have a very good relationship - on and off track. But it is the nature of racing that you always want to finish first. Otherwise we all wouldnt be here. Nobody, who has the right materials at his disposal, starts the race thinking they want to finish fifth or sixth. P1 is what youre focusing on!
Q: You were a hot contender to win on Sunday. Is it still realistic?
SV: Fridays times are never the ultimate indication, particularly here, where the track is very different and the conditions have been quite unusual. My guess is that Saturdays times will be quite different from those of today. Ask me tomorrow after qualifying. But even that is not the final say, as we saw in Bahrain. To finish first, you first have to finish! That is an eternal truth in our sport.
Q: How did you enjoy playing with the boomerang a few days ago
SV: It was pretty funny. Although it is not as easy as it looks. You have to be careful when you throw it, as you have to take the wind into account. I managed to make it come back two times, but the rest of the time it landed everywhere else but near me.