Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Red Bull's will is strong 25 Oct 2012
Sebastian Vettel is in relaxed mood in New Delhi. Perhaps its because he is finally leading the championship again. Or perhaps he now feels confident that Adrian Newey has turned the odds firmly in Red Bulls favour thanks to recent developments on the RB8. Either way, having won the inaugural race at the Buddh International Circuit last year, Vettel is set on a repeat performance in this weekends 2012 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix
Q: Looking back at your recent races it seems that Red Bull Racing have the strongest car on the grid. How difficult is it not to feel too safe to win a race?
Sebastian Vettel: For sure the last couple of races have been very good for us, but we know very well that this is no insurance that this will also be the same at any of the upcoming races. The simple reason is that we know how much work is behind all of this, and to think that this will continue just by itself would be a big mistake. Of course our will is still very strong to repeat what we have done in the races before.
Q: Your chances of winning this years championship are quite good. Do you have to force yourself to not think about the big picture, but more about each race?
SV: I wouldnt say so. The spirit in the team is very high and no one seems to think too far ahead. Everyone knows that we have to compete here in India against all other competitors, and not anywhere else. We know that we have to think and act step by step, and if we do so I am sure that the result will also be a very good one.
Q: We are here in India for the second time. What would you say to anyone in Europe thinking about coming here?
SV: I am not a tour guide, but I am amazed about the positive attitude of the Indian people, because they seem so happy. I think it has a lot to do with expectations. We always have very high expectations about life - and they are getting even bigger. Here people are very humble and feel happy if they have everything that it takes to live a normal life.
Q: How difficult is it for a race driver to contemplate his team mate assisting him to become world champion?
SV: Of course you would rather achieve this out of your own strength. Of course, looking from a certain distance you might find a logic in what to do in certain situations, although I am not a fan of this myself. But then looking back you will see that Red Bull Racing has an opinion on how to solve these situations and I know that nothing has changed. Both Mark [Webber] and I work quite closely to maximize the outcome of every race, but then we also each want the better result - and that means beating your own team mate.
Q: The season has been very much up and down for everyone, with many teams having had to change their development strategy more than once. Is there still a danger of taking a wrong step and losing the momentum of having the strongest car? SV: At this stage of the season it depends maybe more on what the others are doing. If you stay on the same level, given your competitors improve then you are forced to retighten. Every racing weekend of this season it is very hard to predict who is the main competitor to beat. Of course Ferrari have been extremely competitive this year, and also McLaren. McLaren probably did not get the result that they deserved in Korea. These two are the ones that we have to watch out for. Not to forget that Lotus are around as well - and also Mercedes have sprung some surprises this year.
Q: What in particular would it be that Red Bull need to improve to be able to win this years championship?
SV: It is a combination of smaller things, as I think that there is no single topic that could be highlighted. This year it was a bit difficult to make big improvements of the car in general. We have tried many things, and I think other teams have tried too. Then we have gone back, tried it again and went back again. These are some of the reasons why it has been so difficult this season, and why we saw so many different teams on the podium. So for us it is important to focus on ourselves and be able to improve small things, and to hope that the combination of all the parts will make it possible to stay ahead of the others.
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