Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Red Bull F-duct close 06 May 2010
The fastest man on the grid but no championship lead - its a mathematical equation Sebastian Vettel is struggling to understand. But the German youngster is putting on a brave front, hoping that this Sunday will be his turn again. Speaking to the media in Spain on Thursday, Vettel tackled this and a variety of issues, including Michael Schumachers media profile and the latest developments on Red Bulls RB6
Q: Sebastian, new game, new luck - or is the Shanghai race still a lump in your stomach?
Sebastian Vettel: Well, to start from pole and end P6 is not as intended by the inventor, but it was a very turbulent race and on top of that we werent fast enough at some parts of the race and probably lost the race in those moments. It also might be argued that strategically we could have done better in some situations, but to have a clear vision and judgement is always easy in hindsight
Q: How do you see the fact that the RB6 was by far the fastest car in the first three races but not in the fourth race?
SV: Well, I think that Sunday in Shanghai was a hot pot - and I dont mean that in terms of temperature. The conditions were extremely unpredictable - like obviously also this weekend here in Barcelona. Five minutes ago it was raining, now the sun is out again. I hope that is no sign for Sunday! Generally I dont see anything to worry about because our car has the right pace and weve some upgrades on the car, so lets hope that will do for the race. Hopefully better than P6!
Q: The first European race almost feels like a new start to the season. What have those four flyaway races taught you so far?
SV: One race felt really good: Malaysia was ours. At two races weve been en route to the top spot on the podium, but something came between the trophy and the RB6. And then there was that race in Shanghai that was rather chaotic, with a kind of fluctuation in the positions that we werent able to use to our advantage. In the end we were able to pocket the points for P6. Shanghai was one of those races where in the end you are just happy to finish and to collect points.
Q: What youve just said was a narration - but not an interpretation
SV: The interpretation Ive given before: the car is fast and there is no reason to worry. The season is still very young and there are many opportunities for wins ahead. Sure, its about time that the car delivers on Sunday and we have a smooth race ahead.
Q: How happy are you that the European season has finally started?
SV: The biggest difference for sure is the distance to the venues. There is no real change in the conditions this weekend, so I was told. It is pretty cold for Spain at this time of the year and there is even a chance of rain on Sunday. But lets see what the weekend brings.
Q: You are still talked about positively in the media commentaries, in contrast to Michael Schumacher. Is that something that you follow and do you think these commentaries as just?
SV: I think it a bit unjust. Sure, people expected a lot but if would be fairer to give him more time. Sure, everybody has his own window of time so I dont want to add another commentary to this discussion. All I can say is that I am sure that he knows what he is doing and it is always difficult to comment on internal team matters from the outside. But I am sure that if there is someone to pull it off after three years of sabbatical then it is Michael. I am sure that we will see him fighting for the front in the next couple of races.
Q: If you look at the current pecking order in the paddock - Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and so on - do you think that this will change in the near future to the advantage of Mercedes? Or is the situation rather stalled?
SV: It is possible. If you are able to make a huge leap in development - more than all the other teams - then it is within reach. But of course I dont believe in a real revolution in the hierarchy of the pecking order. If you bet money on the big four you sure cant go wrong.
Q: How far along is the development of Red Bulls F-duct system? Wouldnt that be the huge leap you just mentioned?
SV: We are developing and planning to introduce it at one of the next races, but thats not so easy as people might think. The chassis are homologated since the first race and to add it to a fully designed chassis does not happen in the twinkling of an eye - but we are close.
Q: A leap forward in a personal way: how huge will your jump be on Sunday? When looking at the standings is there already some sort of pressure when it comes to the championship?
SV: I dont think that 15 points behind is the end of the world if you get 25 points for a win!