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Q&A with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel 08 Sep 2012

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice, Monza, Italy, Friday, 7 September 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 8 September 2012

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has had to get used to playing catch-up this year. Fortunately it’s a role he plays very well, as he proved at Spa last weekend, and he will need to call on those skills again at Monza on Sunday if he is to win from fifth on the grid. The good news is that title rivals Fernando Alonso and team mate Mark Webber will be starting behind him…

Q: Looking at your team mate Mark Webber who is in P11, and Fernando Alonso in P10, you should be very happy with today’s result, no?
Sebastian Vettel:
Ha, in that case happiness is overrated! (laughs) Fact is that the result was the maximum that I could get out of the car today. On my last lap I tried to get some benefits from the slipstream, which worked on the straights but not in the turns, as there the car was not at the temperature that I would have needed. Here the slipstream is working well if your car is not that fast on the straights, as the car in front of you is taking resistance. So P6 was the best that we could have done today, and I think that in the race it will look better for us, so it is still open for some better results.

Q: How is it possible to be almost half a second off the pole position, and almost a second off yesterday’s pace?
SV:
At least we have got closer to the pole setter compared to yesterday and today in the morning - even if this is cold comfort. So overall starting from P6 is not too bad, as I just said that I’ve got the maximum out of the car in qualifying. We also managed in Q1 to only use one set of tyres. That could play to our advantage. So the chances for us should be a bit better tomorrow, as most of our competitors are on the same strategy and it is a pretty a long race.

Q: In Free Practice Three you probably had a bit of a shock with another alternator failure…
SV:
It might look tenser from the outside than it really is. Of course we thought that we understood the issue with the alternator, and we were surprised that we had to deal with this again. But luckily the car was fit for qualifying. I am very confident that we will not encounter anything like this in tomorrow’s race.

Q: In Spa we saw a brilliant recovery race from you and some amazing overtaking manoeuvres. Will this also be possible here in Monza?
SV:
It really depends on where you are in the field. If all of us are driving behind each other like in a train it will be very difficult. But still I think that this is a circuit where some overtaking action can happen.

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