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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Suzuka a season highlight 10 Oct 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Preparations, Suzuka, Japan, Thursday, 10 October 2013 Red Bull Racing fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Preparations, Suzuka, Japan, Thursday, 10 October 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing signs autographs for the fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Preparations, Suzuka, Japan, Thursday, 10 October 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing addresses the fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Preparations, Suzuka, Japan, Thursday, 10 October 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Preparations, Suzuka, Japan, Thursday, 10 October 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Preparations, Suzuka, Japan, Thursday, 10 October 2013

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel could wrap up the 2013 drivers’ title in Japan on Sunday, though the odds are heavily stacked against it. Instead, Vettel is concentrating on simply enjoying racing at one of his favourite circuits, with the support of some of his biggest fans…

Q: Sebastian, winning the race here in Suzuka on Sunday could mean you win your fourth title. How are you going into this very special weekend?
Sebastian Vettel:
There you have it: ‘could’ mean. I am sticking to my philosophy of one step at a time and concentrate on the race. Anything else we will know on Sunday afternoon. For me the Suzuka race is one of the highlights of the season: the track is fantastic - and so are the fans. They are so passionate about racing, so I am really looking forward to diving deep into the experience.

Q: If someone had told you last year that the 2013 championship would come this early and maybe so easily, what would you have said?
SV:
I would most likely have said the same I am saying now - that nothing is easy and that there is a lot of work behind our success. We have been very concentrated and also working very smoothly as a team and therefore our season has been very successful so far. There is no real secret behind all of this. We enjoy our work and we will keep the spirit high for the remaining races of the season. For us as a team it is always important to live in the moment, and not necessarily look too much at the big picture. We also want to enjoy the moments, also especially with our fans and especially here in Japan where they give us so much support.

Q: The track is a something of a technical circuit - one of the old F1 venues from when high speed played a huge part in racing...
SV:
For me it is one of the best tracks I know, because of that many high-speed corners. Just take the first sector up the hill: incredible. As a driver you really do enjoy every single lap - and it is even more enjoyable when you feel that you are 100 percent in control of your car, so setting it up properly is key here.

Q: You point out the speed that is possible here - how does is compare to other tracks?
SV:
This here is unique, because it’s not speed that comes from straights but from corners - and it is there where you can really show your true colours! (laughs)

Q: The crew that works around your car - how much trust do you need to put in their hands to know that all will work out over a race weekend?
SV:
Our crew, and that includes of course Mark’s (Webber) team as well, are giving everything to make our cars competitive. As a driver you cannot change or work on the car yourself, so you have to have full trust in your crew. If you don’t have this full trust, then you would start thinking about all of this, and then you would not be free to concentrate on the racing. Luckily we’ve been working together in this constellation for a few years, so we have built up that necessary trust. And even if someone is missing for whatever reason, then there is someone else from the team to temporarily fill the gap. In this respect it would be quite hard work to get us out of balance as a team.

Q: You are 26 years-old and already have three titles under your belt, with a possible fourth just around the corner. You’ve broken record after record. Do you think about such things? Is record breaking on your mind?
SV:
Records and numbers are not in my head. Winning, yes. To be honest I am having a really good time, as I love what I do. And that’s how it should be. If good results are added to that good time, fine, but knowing that what you do is your destiny, that’s what really makes your day.

Q: In terms of celebrations, where would you prefer to win the championship - here in Japan, in India, or somewhere else?
SV:
As people know, I am very low key when it comes to partying. Nevertheless, I would be very happy if we had to celebrate anything here.

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