Sebastian Vettel Q&A: At least I scored points 11 Jul 2010
It was something of a worst-case scenario for Sebastian Vettel - starting from pole position but then having to head back to the pits after only one lap with a puncture. Not the British Grand Prix he had anticipated. But over the remaining 51 laps he caught up brilliantly, giving the fans a great racing experience, and was able to bag seventh place and six points - points that could yet make all the difference...
Q: Sebastian, obviously the only good news that you take home from this weekend is that Silverstone is a track where overtaking is possible...
Sebastian Vettel: Well, yes, you could put it this way. But naturally the cars in the back of the grid are so much slower that overtaking almost comes naturally. What else can I say? We could have won today with both cars - not only with one - and it didnt work out. When I had that puncture on lap one I had to crawl back to the pits endlessly slowly which catapulted me to last place. Only the safety-car phase in the middle of the race helped me to gain ground, but at that time the car was already a bit damaged so there was a performance loss and in the end more was simply not possible. The only good thing was that after the safety car the race got more fun for me as I started to fight for points and positions.
Q: How did that puncture happen? Nobody seems to have a sound answer to that question
SV: No idea. I didnt have the best start - probably we miscalculated a bit our starting performance and overdid it with the clutch. Fact is that my start was not that fantastic and when I tried to defend my position I realized that there was a puncture - and that was it at that moment.
Q: There are opinions that suggest that Lewis Hamilton touched you
SV: I have not felt anything so I cannot say. Should that be the case then he achieved what he had tried in Valencia, but surely - if that was the case - he didnt want to give me a puncture.
Q: Putting the result aside, you were engaged in some good fights that must have pleased the fans to watch. Cold comfort for you?
SV: Yes, that was the fun part of the race. My fight with Adrian Sutil was very tough as I think that the Force India is the fastest car on the straight - something in the range of 10km/h faster - so it was not possible for me to overtake him on the straight and unfortunately we touched. Sure, that was in no way intentional and there is nothing more to say about it.
Q: When Mark Webber crossed the finish line he was heard saying, Not a bad job for a number two driver! Did you notice that? And is the team spirit still good?
SV: I have my own opinion about that matter that I rather prefer to keep to myself and to focus on myself. I have made my experiences and, sometimes good or bad, you get to know people a little bit better and see their true faces. I think I have learned my lesson.
Q: Before the start you jokingly asked for a boring race - you didnt get one. Was there a thought of oh no, not again when you were crawling back to the pits on lap one?
SV: You dont think an awful lot in such a situation. The only thing that you immediately realize is that this race will not be the race you wanted. When I pitted on lap one we immediately changed to hard tyres and it was obvious that we were competitive, but again you cannot expect with tyres in use for a whole race to pierce through the field. The most important thing is that I bagged at least some points - points that might make all the difference at the end of the season.
Q: What does this race mean for the championship?
SV: We are just in midseason so there are still so many points left for allocation that it would be ridiculous to have sleepless nights over it.