Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Everything worked perfectly 27 Mar 2011
Sebastian Vettels Australian weekend started slowly as he sheared a sheep in far from record time, but once at the wheel of Kinky Kylie his normal speed returned, resulting in a stunning pole position and an equally imperious win. It was an impressive demonstration - and one that proved the German and his RB7 are currently the combination to beat
Q: Sebastian, how much in love are you right now with Kinky Kylie?
Sebastian Vettel: Very much, believe me. It was a perfect start for our relationship: I am very happy with the result today. Everything worked perfectly: the start was good and delivered a reasonable gap, we lost a bit after the first stint but I was able to correct that, and from then on the way was prepared for the win, as my impression was that after my second pit stop McLaren reduced the pressure a bit, so we could control the race and I was able to carry Kylie past the chequered flag.
Q: For much of the race you were racing all by yourself. Wasnt that a bit boring?
SV: Believe me, that kind of boredom you really do appreciate - especially if the result is that in the end you can climb the top spot of the podium and carry a trophy home - and get a fancy drink on top of it! (Laughs) But dont think that there is nothing to do, even when youre a lone leader. You always have to be focused, have your eyes on the systems and look out for the tyres. Sure, there is less pressure when there is no pressure from behind, but this track is famous for letting things happen out of the blue.
Q: How important was it that you were able to pass Jenson Button after you came out behind him after your first pit stop?
SV: In hindsight very important, as from there on I could do my own thing and get further away from Lewis.
Q: Can you talk us through your race a bit?
SV: As I just said, I had a good start and saw immediately that I was ahead as I saw Lewis and Mark battling for position into Turn One. After lap one I had a bit of a cushion, which I tried to control. Towards the end of the stint we decided to pit quite early. I was coming out behind Jenson and it was immediately on my agenda to get past him as soon as I could, which was not so difficult as I was on new tyres and there is quite a big difference between new and old tyres. When I got past him the second stint was much smoother and I was cruising for the win. It was so good coming here and breaking the string of poor results. From now on our Melbourne statistic is looking better than a fourth place!
Q: Were you surprised by the gap between Lewis and yourself? Ten seconds is quite something
SV: I think in the end this gap was not really representative as I guess that both of us did not race to our full potential.
Q: Lewis has KERS on his car. You dont have KERS on you car?
SV: We do have KERS on the car, but we didnt use it. It is not that we take it down and then are lighter than the rest. That was in 2009 when you could take it down and play around with the weight. And I was wondering why nothing was happening (laughs) But lets be serious again - we have to get it working for Malaysia.
Q: How was it for you to deal with the tyres? Hard? Easy?
SV: It depended on how much pressure you had from behind. If the gap is sufficient to the guy behind you, you can go a bit slower and try to save the tyres more than you would be able in a full-bloomed battle for position.
Q: Your dad Norbert was here and a friend. Was that something to pamper you ego?
SV: It is always nice to have my dad at a race - it is a piece of home and it was nice to have a friend, as it is a piece of normal life that it represents. I am not different to any other human being: I like to have persons I love and I like around me!
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