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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: We will see an exciting US race 16 Nov 2012

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Practice, Austin, Texas, 16 November 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, United States Grand Prix, Practice, Austin, Texas, Friday, 16 November 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Guillaume Rocquelin (FRA) Red Bull Racing Race Engineer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Practice, Austin, Texas, 16 November 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Practice, Austin, Texas, 16 November 2012

Based on Friday’s times in Austin, it is hard to see who could possibly beat Sebastian Vettel this weekend. Even after missing almost 50 minutes of FP2 he hammered in a time more than seven-tenths faster than Red Bull team mate Mark Webber and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. Of course, Vettel is playing down his performance, but it’s clear that the Circuit of The Americas and the RB8 are a good fit…

Q: What are your first impressions of the brand new Circuit of The Americas?
Sebastian Vettel:
Today the most important thing was to get to know the circuit. At the beginning it was very slippery, almost like driving on ice. I guess it is normal for a new track that there is a lot of construction dirt still on the tarmac which had to be cleared by the running of the cars first. So I think everyone was struggling a bit at the first practice session. In the second session we could not run as much as we wanted, but I think that in the end we managed to get two good runs together, with which we had been quite happy. Now we hope to be able to make a good step forward overnight, with the evaluation of all the data, to have the right set-up for tomorrow.

Q: So what was the problem that you had to fix at the beginning of second practice session?
SV:
There was a water leak that we had to fix. But in the end we did not lose too much valuable time. The important thing was that we were able to have a run on the soft tyre compound with a low fuel load, and also with a heavy load.

Q: Your car was being fixed for almost 50 minutes in the second practice session, and yet you were able to set the fastest time. How did you do that?
SV:
I would not over evaluate the Friday’s practice. In the first practice session we already saw that we were able to get quite good into the rhythm of the track, and we felt that this track fits to our car very well. But then the track will evolve every session and from day to day, so there is still more to come.

Q: How is that amazing looking first corner?
SV:
It is not as wild as it looks. Compared to Spa’s Eau Rouge it is somehow easier, as there you are much faster at its bottom. But still it is a different challenge, not only because it is slippery, but also because you only see the apex after you start braking and therefore it is quite easy to miss it and then you have to go wide. But it is a lot of fun.

Q: Have you already identified the spots where you could possibly overtake on this track?
SV:
I think that there are a few possibilities where one is able to overtake, so we will see an exciting race on Sunday, that is for sure.

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