Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Seven men still in title fight 05 Jul 2012
When he was 20, it was said of Sebastian Vettel that he looked 15 - but thought like a 30-year old. Five years on, having just turned 25 and with two drivers titles already under his belt, its hard to imagine what the Red Bull star might achieve in the next five. One things for sure, Vettel is not taking anything for granted this season and he remains convinced that any of the six other drivers to have won races in 2012 could yet take his crown away. The best way to stop them? Win this weekends British Grand Prix for starters
Q: Sebastian, it is known that you like the Silverstone track, but what exactly is it that you like?
Sebastian Vettel: It is true, I love to come here. Firstly because it is very close to the factory and that makes it special for all of us as in some way - even if the Austrian anthem is played on the podium, this area is somewhat home to us. And then, of course, theres the track itself. It is a real racers circuit - one of only a few left. And, of course, the fans - those who come here live Formula One with their enthusiasm and their fairness. I always feel that they acknowledge the effort, more or less regardless of where the winner is coming from. (laughs) Sure, they cross their fingers for their own drivers, but should none of them have made it onto the podium they are fair enough to cheer the winner, wherever he might come from.
Q: Looking back to the last race in Valencia you were leading by quite a gap before you had to stop. Is this now the car that you think you can defend the title with - the car close to your heart?
SV: Well, there is always a development setting in, but yes, it is true that in Valencia I felt more comfortable than at any race before. We definitely have been able to take a step forward, but then again in Valencia the right pieces fell into place - until the unfortunate retirement.
Q: Who do you think will be the strongest competitor here this weekend - again Fernando Alonso?
SV: I think that nobody is winning in Formula One without a reason. In Valencia Fernando together with his team did the best job, as in the end it only matters to see the chequered flag. Whatever happens during the race might be nice and pleasant, but there is not much gain in it - its the chequered flag that matters. When I saw him on the podium I thought: hats off. He didnt start from the very front, right, and then to win it was a great race that he did.
Q: What do you expect for this weekend? Rain is forecast and you are known as being a master in the wet
SV: Ha, we are in England and conditions can change in a five minutes. We take it as it comes and make the best out of it.
Q: How many drivers do you still see in the fight for the championship?
SV: Seven. Everybody who has won a race is still a potential candidate for the championship.
Q: So far you have been the king of qualifying. How do you think you can come back this weekend after a hard Valencia race?
SV: Ah, thanks for the flowers. (laughs) If you take the early races my qualifying performance was anything but royal, but we all know that qualifying will not add points to your tally, so it is the race that we have to finish before all the others. And be sure that we will do anything to get there on Sunday - even if others will object
Q: You turned 25 two days ago. What was on your wish list?
SV: Sure, I would like to win the race. But that has nothing to do with wishes - only with performance. (laughs)
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