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Q&A with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel 18 Nov 2012

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, 18 November 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 leads Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, 18 November 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, 18 November 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, 18 November 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, 18 November 2012

Red Bull may have claimed the constructors’ title in Austin on Sunday but driver Sebastian Vettel will have to wait until next weekend in Brazil to fight for his third successive drivers’ crown. Vettel reviews his race and looks ahead to a showdown at Interlagos…

Q: Sebastian, you look satisfied with second but also disappointed that you didn’t win…
Sebastian Vettel:
Yes, you have read my face correctly. I think we can be happy with today as we have done everything right. The pit stop was perfect, the race was perfect. Sure there is a bit of an aftertaste when thinking about the overtake, as I think we made it a bit too easy for Lewis (Hamilton). It was an unfortunate that we ran into cars to lap at that very moment but before that - and after - we did everything right! But nothing was lost and winning the constructors’ championship today smoothed away any bitter aftertaste. A big thanks to the team and let’s hope that it works the same way next weekend at the season finale - and showdown - in Brazil.

Q: HRT’s Narain Karthykayan proved to be an obstacle for you on the track. Without that, do you think you would have won?
SV:
It is never good to reflect on things in the past that you cannot change any more. The fact is that we didn’t win today but another fact is that he contributed to that.

Q: You seemed a little angry about it on the team radio…
SV:
Yes.

Q: Were you surprised that Hamilton seemed to fly past you?
SV:
Not surprised but it was definitely far from ideal. I lost that hard-fought for second of time by overtaking Narain. Then Hamilton got so close that he could open his wing and there you go!

Q: Is it a concern your team mate Mark Webber went out with an alternator problem?
SV:
I didn’t know that in the race because I think it wouldn’t have helped. I just saw that Mark stopped and didn’t the reason. I think that we understand the problem with the dynamo but what really was the cause with Mark’s car we will have to find out by looking at the data. I am sure that we will have eliminated any irregularities next weekend.

Q: You are 13 points in the lead which doesn’t sound too bad. But there could be rain in Brazil…
SV:
Well, I think anything can happen. We have been in the game long enough to know how quickly the winds can change - not only for us - but also for our competitors. What we have to do is go into the race as focused and as determined as we were this weekend. We have to squeeze everything possible out of the race! We know that the car works and that is a good basis to build on. So I am looking forward to next weekend. I like that track and the track suits us and we have always done well there.

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