Sebastian Vettel Q&A: It has to be a race like any other 22 Nov 2012
It is the showdown every F1 fan has been waiting for - Vettel versus Alonso, blue versus red, in the very final round of the 2012 season, with both men aiming to become the youngest triple champion in history. Vettels 13-point advantage means the title is his to lose, but in a field where at least two other teams could challenge for race victory, nothing can be taken for granted in Brazil...
Q: The final race, and looking at the points the odds are in your favour. But nobody is under the illusion that this is a race like any other
Sebastian Vettel: Of course, we are aware of the situation that we are in and we are very happy so far about this. But then again for us it has to be a race like any other, and to do exactly what we have done at all the races before: to give our very best. It is not our intention to think too much about calculating the points and putting us under a bigger pressure than we have to. The rest will all come by itself. Throughout the last couple of years I think that we have been quite competitive in Sao Paulo, so there is not a lot to worry about beforehand.
Q: What do you expect your competitors, especially Ferrari and Fernando Alonso, to do over the weekend?
SV: I expect them to do anything possible to reach the finish line ahead of us and close the gap. Also on Saturday I think that they will push as much as possible to have a better qualifying than us. But other than that we dont really think too much about what the rest of the world is doing. For us it is important to get the best possible result on Sunday that we are able to deliver, and the rest is not in our hands. If that will be enough for me to win this championship I dont know.
Q: Is there anything that you are doing better than the other teams, especially Ferrari?
SV: I cannot really say, as what you see from the outside is always only a very limited view. What I know though is that we are very much concentrating on ourselves. The mood in our team is very good. Last night all of us had a very nice team dinner, and now we feel that we can start a good racing weekend.
Q: In your home country of Germany the fans are really cheering for you. Do you feel encouraged by all of this positive feedback?
SV: Not only via emails or text messages, but also through the media I feel the support coming. And, of course, it is much more encouraging than reading some criticism. Our hopes are that this positive feedback will give us a boost of energy so that we manage to be able to do the last bit towards the championship.
Q: How would you characterize Fernando Alonso as a driver?
SV: I think that he is currently one of the best pilots in Formula One, as he is very constant in his results, able to deliver his performance and always get the best out of his car and the team. This combination is exactly what makes him so strong and gets him into the position to fight for the championship.
Q: The weather forecast for Sunday is said to be wet. Are you concerned that this could put you at any disadvantage?
SV: Not really, as fortunately we also brought some sets of wet tyres here (laughs). So there is nothing to worry about, as around here anything can happen, especially from the weather point of view. Looking back I think we had fantastic races in both dry and wet conditions. I am really looking forward to the race, as I like the track. Here you can always find opportunities to overtake, no matter which position you have, unlike many other tracks that we have in our calendar.
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