Q&A with Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel 30 Aug 2012
Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel has won just once so far in 2012. He is not happy with that fact, but neither is he panicking. He knows the title race is still wide open, and that things are likely to even up at the top over the coming nine races. Spa-Francorchamps should be the ideal place for him to start playing catch-up - its one of his favourite tracks and one that has been kind to him in the past
Q: Coming back from the big summer break, and looking back at the first half of the season, can you tell us how satisfied you are with just your one 2012 victory?
Sebastian Vettel: Of course we would love to win more, but unfortunately we did not use the chances that we had here and there so far. In Bahrain we were able to win, and that we have not been able to win at other races had different reasons. Still, the season is quite long, there are more races, and I am confident that we will be able to win at least one of them, or even more.
Q: Your fellow countryman Michael Schumacher is celebrating his 300th Grand Prix this weekend. What are you thoughts on this fact?
SV: Of course I congratulate him for this. For me Michael is a very special guy, as I was looking up to him ever since I was a kid and I still do now. Of course it is different now than it was back then, as I got to know him and we get along very well. He is still an inspiration to many of us, as he still loves racing and still has this fire inside. Regardless of his age or how many races he has completed, I think this is what matters the most.
Q: Spa was such a good race for you last year, and Red Bull were so strong. Are there any reasons why this year should not be the same again?
SV: It is very difficult here to predict what is going to happen. First of all the weather situation is changing throughout the weekend. Today the sun is shining, tomorrows forecast is rain, and then Saturday and Sunday may be better again. All of this could possibly change here within an hour. Of course we all had a break since the last race and could recharge our batteries. Of course I know what car we will have for this weekend, but it is almost impossible to say what all the other teams will come up with. Of course my hopes are that the car will be fine here, but its hard to tell.
Q: Some people expect things at the top of the championship will even out a bit now, after the rollercoaster ride we saw in the first half of the season. What is your opinion?
SV: It is also my opinion. The more races you have down the road, the more consistent you hopefully get, and then you should be able to collect more points with that consistency. And this is the target - that we have to have to be amongst the top teams fighting for the championship.
Q: Can you explain us what is so special about the Spa circuit?
SV: Just by walking the track you can already feel the difference. There are so many elevation changes, and also the surroundings. Whatever is surrounding us was here first, and then came the track. And this is exactly the reason why it is such a nice track, with fast corners, flowing corners, such as Eau-Rouge. This is what makes it so special.
Q: We have nine races coming up in only 13 weeks. What difficulties does this challenge present from a drivers point of view? And also from the teams?
SV: One aspect will be the personal performance and fitness inside the car. But also we should not forget the performance and also fitness of the entire team, which starts to pay off behind the scenes especially when you have nine races with only one of them not being back to back. It will be tough, as we literally go from one place to the next, and even from one side of the planet to the other, and it will be key to keep the concentration up as much as possible.
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