Sebastian Vettel Q&A: It feels great to win again 23 Sep 2012
Its been five long months since Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel last tasted victory so he couldnt be happier to have clinched his second successive Singapore win on Sunday at Marina Bay. A relieved Vettel reviews his race
Q: Sebastian, how important is your win in terms of the title?
Sebastian Vettel: That will be seen in the weeks to come. But for sure it was great to bag 25 points. Its been a good day for us. At the start I think it was very important to outstrip the Williams and from then on in it became obvious that we had the speed - especially in sector three - and I was able to keep the gap to Lewis (Hamilton) small. At the end of the first stint I could not keep up the speed and had to pit for new tyres, which wasnt exactly the plan. In the end the decision was correct as I felt much more comfortable on the harder compound and could get closer to Lewis. He then ran into trouble and had to stop so it is hard to say what would have happened had he stayed in the race. But speed-wise I would say that in the second stint something would have been possible. In the end it was not necessary to try anything. I must say that it was a really good weekend.
Q: What happened with Jenson Button towards the end of the first safety-car phase?
SV: It was not intentional. You try to warm up your tyres and also try to keep the brakes at the right temperature. So it was possible that he was looking at his steering wheel and I was braking a bit abruptly and then you almost meet at a spot where you both would not want to be. Thank goodness nothing happened.
Q: How much of a relief was this win today?
SV: Its a load off my mind. It was a wonderful feeling to hear nothing on the team radio over the last couple of laps, which meant that I could go at my own speed. That was fantastic especially on such a unique track like this. Not that it transformed into a sightseeing tour as each lap here is much too demanding to shift your focus. But you probably get more from the surrounding than on laps when its down to the wire.
Q: You looked a bit worried ahead of the start
SV: Ah, it was nothing serious. I felt some vibrations on the way to the grid so to make sure that everything was okay you have to take a closer look. That was all it was.
Q: So you leave Singapore back in winning form
SV: Oh yes! It has taken long enough to get my second victory of the season! So yes, I am happy and very satisfied after a good weekend. I am very much looking forward to the next few races.
Q: Could you predict what might happen over the next few weeks?
SV: I think nobody really has the nerve to make any predictions - at least not us guys in the cockpits! I guess we have experts for those sorts of questions! (laughs)
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