Q&A with Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel 28 Oct 2012
After claiming his fourth win in a row and establishing a 13-point lead in the drivers standings, its been a productive weekend in India for Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel. With just a few days until the next round in Abu Dhabi, Vettel reviews his New Delhi race and looks ahead to Yas Marina
Q: Sebastian, how did you like those 60 laps?
Sebastian Vettel: What a question! Theyve been fantastic. It was a great race for us today. The start was a bit tight - I think Mark (Webber) had a better start than I had. I think I was probably a bit too conservative as the grip level was pretty high or at least higher than I had expected. But thank goodness the way into the first corner was not that long and I was able to keep my position and then on the first straight I started to build a gap to Mark. It was a pity that he had KERS troubles in the later phase of the race otherwise I guess we could have had a one-two finish. It was good that I was able to build a distance between me and the guys behind, as the track is very tricky and you never know what can happen.
Q: It was a great day for you but the result also shows that Fernando Alonso is still able to get the maximum out of a race as well. How fierce do you think the battle will be for the title?
SV: It will be tough but it was tough all season long and I dont expect the situation to ease up. We know that we still have to go full throttle and of course it helps to finish the races ahead of him. But to understand that you dont have to be a genius! I think for the moment we can be very happy and relaxed, but next weekend in Abu Dhabi the same level of concentration and skill is what is needed if we are to stay in front.
Q: When did you realise that it was going to be a really good afternoon for you?
SV: That is always difficult to say. When do you realize that something fantastic is going to happen? You know it when it has had happened. I think in a situation when things look smooth the biggest mistake can be to think too early on that its going to be something like a walk in the park and then you probably lose a bit of concentration. Its true that the feeling was there in the morning but it never serves you well if you are too sure as 100 things can happen to you from the start to the finish line. We concentrated on every single lap and that is why we could take a champagne-shower and take a great trophy home.
Q: Towards the end of the race you slowed down a bit. Were you worried about the car?
SV: No, but I reduced speed a bit as there had been blue flags all along and I just wanted to be on the safe side to make sure that people were looking into their back mirrors. In fact I did realise that Ferrari and McLaren were picking up speed after Marks KERS troubles but if you are around 10 seconds in the lead you have the luxury of slowing down and calculating your race at your own pace.
Q: Six laps before the chequered flag there was the message on the Ferrari team radio that you were having minor issues with the cars floor and that Alonso should push. Were you nervous about that?
SV: Did we have problems with the floor? I think when I overtook Timo Glock I opened the rear wing and that threw out sparks. But we have seen that many cars had sparks flying over the weekend. For us that didnt cause any problems and didnt cost us time.
Q: How much fun will it be to race in Abu Dhabi with a reasonably solid lead in the championship?
SV: I have always enjoyed racing in Abu Dhabi so this has nothing to do with being in the lead or not. Plus, a comfortable lead is an elusive thing with three races to go. But of course going there as the leader in the standings makes the track even more enjoyable. You start with the sun still high in the sky and then race into a fantastic dusk. That is quite something. Of course I hope that we will sail on the tailwind of our four wins and add a fifth!
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