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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: The race will be tight 05 Oct 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing listens to music.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 5 October 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 5 October 2013 Pole sitter Sebastian Vettel (GER) celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 5 October 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 5 October 2013

Mercedes gave him a good run for his money in qualifying in Korea, but ultimately it was Sebastian Vettel who took yet another pole position - his sixth of the season so far. But the Red Bull driver knows he has a job on his hands to win Sunday’s race, as he explained to reporters on Saturday evening…

Q: Sebastian, how satisfied are you with yet another pole position?
Sebastian Vettel:
Very happy, having done it on my first lap in Q3. I started my second approach too close to Kimi (Raikkonen) so could not go any faster. It was probably a bit of a misjudgement, so thank God my first lap did the trick. And for tomorrow things look pretty promising.

Q: Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko said that he believes Mercedes will be faster in the race than in qualifying. Does that mean you’ll be threatened?
SV:
Well, the pace that we saw from them yesterday in the long runs was very good, so yes, it might be even tighter tomorrow. With the two straights there are good chances to overtake, so let’s wait and see what happens.

Q: It was your sixth pole position of the season. Would anything but pole have been a disappointment?
SV:
No, you cannot put it that way. It was pretty close today and I was lucky to do my time on my first attempt in Q3.

Q: Yesterday you said that your car still has a life of its own. How did you manage to tame it today?
SV:
Yesterday the set-up was a bit too hard so we sat down in the evening and managed to make it a bit softer, a bit better to handle - and it worked.

Q: There is talk about a frightening level of Red Bull dominance. How surprised are you that even Mercedes have lost form in qualifying since around Belgium?
SV:
That is all a bit exaggerated. The fact is that we are speaking about two-tenths - no more. And as I just said, I was very lucky with my lap. For the race it will be even tighter. We’ve seen many times that Ferrari is significantly stronger in the race than in qualifying so I expect them to be right there. And Mercedes showed good long-run performance yesterday, so they will be there as well. So we definitely cannot rest on any laurels. It would be the completely wrong approach to think already before the race that you’ve done it.

Q: Ferrari are hoping for rain - or that a mishap will come your way this time, and not Mark’s…
SV:
First of all, we have had two DNF’s so far - and Mark and I share that. But, of course, you always hope that the car is not going to give up on you - but you never actively think about it. Maybe yes, the car has been a bit more sensible in the last couple of races, but we managed to control that, so let’s hope it will also be the case tomorrow.

Q: Have you given any consideration with the car set-up to the fact that it might rain tomorrow?
SV:
No.

Q: Sebastian, as a driver you get a lot of praise. Bernie Ecclestone said you remind him of Ayrton Senna. How do you take all that?
SV:
You always try to get better with every race and, yes, I believe that we have raised the bar pretty high over the last couple of years. But I don’t reflect too much on that. I believe that it is not so healthy to give self reflection too much room. I try to do my job as well as I can and enjoy what I am doing.

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