Sebastian Vettel Q&A: It will be a very tight race 27 Oct 2012
During the opening stages of the 2012 season, qualifying had been a real Achilles heel for Red Bull. But after reigning supreme on Saturdays for the last three races, the Milton Keynes-based team have clearly found a way through their trials and tribulations. Pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel reflects on his P1 grid slot in New Delhi and the Indian race itself
Q: You didnt seem as thrilled as you normally are by this pole position. Why was that?
Sebastian Vettel: (laughs) Not at all. It was just that I was one of the first to finish the last timed lap, and I was not really sure if my time was good enough, so I stayed in the car listening to the radio. That was maybe why it might have looked like I was not cheering, but I am very happy with todays result. Also at the beginning of Q3 I made a big mistake in Turn Four and missed the braking point, so I was already a bit worried as I had to go wide and abort that lap. Then on my second try I was too cautious but it was enough to be on pole position.
Q: Your team mate Mark Webber will be right behind you. What is Red Bulls script if he should make a better start?
SV: The script will be written tomorrow after the light switches to green. That is the good thing about us - there is no script. It doesnt make sense to think too much about any scenario, as in real life it usually is never how you think it will be. So I am not wasting any time on thinking strategically with these things. I will try to make sure that I will have a good start, and what the others do is out of my control anyway. This race is also quite long and we have seen that the tyre degradation with our competitors and with us is not as big as expected, so it will be a very tight race tomorrow.
Q: Did you think that Ferrari could have done better or was the result as expected?
SV: Usually everyone tries to hide all their assets at the beginning of the weekend, to have some resources left for qualifying. My team worked very hard last night to squeeze out the maximum, and for this great work I have to thank everyone back home at the factory in Milton Keynes. As this seems to have made a big difference compared to the others maybe.
Q: We have seen a lot of spins during the last few days. How difficult will the race be tomorrow?
SV: That is right, there have been many mistakes by a lot of drivers including me. If you miss the braking point, or you slightly lose the rear of the car it can have a big impact on you, as you might not be able to make the corner or you may lose a lot of time. So you need to have full concentration here and under no circumstances can you feel too safe.
Q: Will you have a one or two-stop strategy for the race?
SV:It really depends on your first stint. If you are in trouble after five to ten laps then you will not be able to make a one-stop strategy. So we will decide once we have an overview of how the car feels and how long the tyres could last. Of course we have a certain plan in our mind, but it might change easily.
Q: Today your title rival Fernando Alonso said that he is not racing against you but against Adrian Newey. How would you reply to his statement?
SV: I dont think that in general this is just a fight between us race drivers; it is rather a competition amongst teams and all of their members. If you walk into the Red Bull Racing garage you will see that every single individual is committed 100 per cent to making the team more competitive, even if someone is not feeling entirely well. So I dont think that this would be a fair statement towards any team member.
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