Q&A with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel 21 Jul 2012
Home Grands Prix are rarely easy, as McLarens Jenson Button discovered at Silverstone earlier this month. Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel has always struggled at his home event too but on Saturday at Hockenheim he managed to qualify on the front row of the grid. Vettel discusses his hopes for Sundays race
Q: How was qualifying for you?
Sebastian Vettel: Q3 was quite close, and I have to say my last lap was not entirely perfect, as I went a bit too wide at the hairpin. It is quite difficult in wet conditions, but you have to try pushing otherwise you will not be anywhere. In terms of strategy we will have to think it over for qualifying, and see if Fernandos (Alonso) strategy of coming back in and getting a new set of tyres was better than staying out on the used ones. During qualifying vision was very limited, so one had to be very careful in following the right line. Going off the line to either the right or left could cause aquaplaning and you would go off track. Overall we can be happy, as we start from the front row on the inside. I think that the car will be quite good tomorrow and we will see then what we can do.
Q: You seemed to be a little upset with your team mate Mark Webber during qualifying. Why was that?
SV: Not really, it was just that I got stuck behind Mark (Webber) at the end of one lap and the beginning of a new lap. So I had to create a gap to be able to start a proper timed lap, so I lost out on one. So it was not upsetting, it was just a pity to have lost one lap for nothing. Nevertheless the conditions were best at the end of Q3, so I knew that the last lap had to be the best anyway. I have already asked Mark, and he told me that he simply didnt see me. There is a lot of spray behind your car and you almost dont see anything in the mirrors.
Q: There are three Germans in the top five on the grid, but Fernando Alonso is in front of you all. Do you think he can be beaten?
SV: Of course he can be beaten. If we werent convinced of being able to beat anyone, we could stay at home.
Q: The forecast suggest it will be a dry race. What do you need to do to win?
SV: We have to get our car right into the window where it works best, so we still have to fine-tune the setup a little bit as it was not perfect in qualifying. Also I have to manage the car the right way.
Q: We saw you wearing your Silverstone helmet during qualifying, why was that?
SV: It was simply because the helmet I have for the German race is only a dry race helmet, so I had to use the spare Silverstone wet helmet. But since we expect a dry race tomorrow you will see me with the German helmet again.
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