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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Missing pole was my fault 13 Oct 2012

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Practice, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Friday, 12 October 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 13 October 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 13 October 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 13 October 2012 (L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren, pole sitter Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 13 October 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Practice, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Friday, 12 October 2012

In the past when they have both started from the front row, there have been some pretty nail-biting situations between Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull team mate Mark Webber. But with two championships at stake, there’s no doubt team principal Christian Horner will be asking his drivers to play it cool when they head into Turn One in Korea on Sunday. We get Vettel's perspective…

Q: Sebastian, you look a bit annoyed…
Sebastian Vettel:
Ha, is my face such an open book? (laughs) No, there is not the slightest trace of annoyance. It was probably a bit of misunderstanding on the team radio. I thought that Felipe (Massa) was pitting but I don’t believe that you can blame my lap time on Felipe or traffic in the last sector. It’s true, it was not an ideal situation but if someone has to take the blame then it is me because I think that pole position was within reach today. I probably lost it in the second sector - and that’s why it didn’t work out. Of course I am not entirely happy with that last lap, but it is going to be a long race with many uncertainties so everything is still possible.

Q: But is it not up to the team to tell you when you’re running in traffic?
SV:
Well, we did talk about it on the out-lap, but my impression was that Felipe would pit - and he didn’t. I think that I misunderstood (race engineer) Rocky, but it’s no big deal. For sure Felipe did nothing wrong. I think lately we have had too many discussions about who was in the way of whom, so I want to make it clear that it was my mistake. I have to do it better next time.

Q: So the good news is that you are starting from the front row…
SV:
…of course the aim was pole position, but qualifying is over so there’s no need to cry over spilt milk. Now we have to concentrate on tomorrow. The distance to the first corner is not too long and there are many straights, so there is room for position improvement.

Q: Fernando Alonso is right behind you, but he has just said that be believes he will be behind Kimi Raikkonen after the first corner. What do you expect from the start?
SV:
Right now, nothing. (laughs) This evening we will try to find some improvements and try to understand where we lost out and then tomorrow we will concentrate on the start. Maybe I am seeing it a bit simplistically as I do not try to look into the future. One step at a time is my motto - and it has always served me well. If start to tell myself the things that might go wrong, then they might happen. Isn’t that what is called a self-fulfilling prophecy? I have never been into that.

Q: Who is the hot candidate for the win?
SV:
Well, I think that the grid gives a good picture of who could win and finish on the podium. I think that McLaren was doing pretty well, even if Jenson (Button) didn’t make it into Q3, but then you never know. Everything should be possible with the right strategy.

Q: What will be key for the race?
SV:
First of all to find the key. (laughs) We have had a good weekend so far without any major problems, but we are not entirely sure about the strategy and what to expect from the tyres. The situation can immediately change when the sun comes out and the track temperature goes up, so you cannot take anything for granted. So we will take it from when the lights go out tomorrow. It’s true that the first corner is important, but there is definitely more than one corner.

Q: Your team mate Mark Webber is on pole position. Do you expect him to help you out, or will it be an all-out fight with him?
SV:
Both of us have to race trying to maximize our result and go from there. The important thing is that I am ready to attack - and eventually to win.

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