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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: We were a step ahead in terms of speed 06 Oct 2013

Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Race Day, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, 6 October 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates with the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Race Day, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, 6 October 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Race Day, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, 6 October 2013 Podium and results:
1st Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, second right.
2nd Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1, left.
3rd Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1, right.
Tim Malyon (GBR) Red Bull Racing Performance Engineer, second left.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Race Day, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, 6 October 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Race Day, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, 6 October 2013

Sebastian Vettel may have scored his fourth successive win on Sunday in Korea, but the German insists it wasn’t as easy as he made it look. Indeed, the Red Bull driver had to survive two safety-car restarts and a badly-grained front-right tyre before he could taste the victory champagne once again…

Q: Sebastian, your eighth win of the season - and what a win…
Sebastian Vettel:
Yes, it was a fantastic race with a fantastic car. Everything fell into place again for us: the strategy, the pit stops - everything! I would even go so far as to say that we’ve been a step ahead today in terms of speed. In terms of power of endurance I would see both Lotus’s ahead - they’ve obviously managed to get the tyre issue a bit more right than we did - but we’ve won.

Q: Was there ever a moment of doubt during the race?
SV:
It might not have looked like it, but yes there was. I had a good view of my front tyres and the right tyre didn’t look too healthy towards the end - that’s why there was intense conversation with the team in that phase of the race. It is always a bit of a nail-biter here with the right-front tyres, and even if the car feels great you can never be too sure that it lasts - we saw that also last year. If you can report that a tyre has stopped graining, it is just because there is hardly any rubber left - so you have to be very careful not to overdo things. The stopping of graining is good, but if you’re not careful it can turn into disaster - so you can never feel too comfortable, even with a healthy lead.

Q: What crossed your mind when you saw the fire truck on the track?
SV:
That hopefully nothing severe had happened. But then I saw Mark standing by his car - that indeed looked pitiful - and that was a relief.

Q: There are five races to go and you have a lead of 77 points over Fernando Alonso: isn’t it getting to the point where you can start to think about your fourth title?
SV:
One thing is for sure, leading by 77 points is a better situation than sitting in P2. That is what we know. But we never look too much into the future - and also not too much into the past. We have to deliver in the here and now and with five races still to go there are still 125 points waiting to be taken. So feeling good is one thing - feeling over-secure would be the wrong message. What is great is that we function as a team - that is why we are really looking forward to Japan.

Q: Four wins in a row on four very different tracks - is the Red Bull-Vettel combination unbeatable?
SV:
These are big words. We are doing our job - that is the best way I can put it. Of course the last three to four races have been somewhat unique, as you never can bank on such results on such different tracks. But it speaks for us as a team that we manage every challenge and always find the right answer to a new challenge. That we never stop pushing the limits - even if things seem to be perfect and everything under control - maybe that’s the only secret there is.

Q: Japan is a track that you’ve always gone well at and you head there with four consecutive wins. Is victory in Suzuka inevitable?
SV:
No win is inevitable! Sure, there’s some sort of expectation as things went so well in the immediate past - and also because I like Suzuka a lot - but I would find it inappropriate to sort of bank on winning. Before a win there is work to be done - and at the moment we are enjoying doing that work. Of course, that’s also because we are on a fantastic run.

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