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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: This title feels as good as the others 27 Oct 2013

Race winner and newly crowned four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing in the Press Conference with the champagne.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Adrian Newey (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 celebrate on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013

Despite dropping back to 17th place after pitting to change his tyres on the second lap, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel made victory in India look easy, winning by a record margin. Afterwards, having sealed his fourth successive title, he tried to put his emotions into words…

Q: Sebastian, what a fantastic race - and what a fantastic title win. Who were the first people that you had on the phone after this amazing race here in India?
Sebastian Vettel:
First of all my family; my parents and my brother and of course my girlfriend as well. If I would dedicate this title to someone than it would be to my girlfriend, as this season was not very easy with all the ups and downs and some emotions that also hurt inside of oneself. In these situations you need someone that gives you so much love and strength to overcome certain situations and to get back into the car and have fun again.

Q: Have you already realised what has happened today, being the youngest ever four-times FIA Formula One World Champion?
SV:
To be honest not quite yet. It is not easy to sort all the feelings and to find the right words. It was a big honor to cross the finish line and there are so many words that you want to say at the same time. There are only three other men that had been able to achieve this, and it is very hard to realize all of this, and at the same time you are very glad that no one can take this away from you again. It feels so very good also: I am very happy! For some people it may have looked easier than maybe any of the previous titles, because we had an advance, but also this title feels equally amazing. For us there was never the luxury of leaning back just because we might know how to win a title. For us every step, every race was important. Every single box has to be ticked like in the years before, whether it is my daily report or the briefing with the engineers. Also, we are pushing to the limit on the Friday’s to find the right set-up. To me, these are the little details that I believe make the difference.

Q: Wasn’t it very risky to have a pit stop on the second lap?
SV:
I could have run maybe another lap, but we pretty much knew that the soft tyres would not last much longer as they would blister and we would have no grip on the rear anymore. The result would then be that we would have lost a lot of time, and that was exactly what we wanted to avoid. The strategy was quite aggressive and luckily we managed to stay in front at the start, and then it was the plan to pit on lap two or three. The risk was big, as we would join the field in the back; but then it was big fun to try to make the way back to the front. I was quite surprised when I got informed that I was only twelve seconds behind Mark, as I know a pit stop would be around 22 seconds, so I would be around ten seconds ahead of what we had planned.

Q: You could not refrain from doing a few doughnuts; tell us what you felt then.
SV:
My engineer, Rocky, was of course not very happy, as he told me to do the normal procedure and put the car into park fermé. I thought to myself, ‘what the hell, there are so many people and fans on the main grandstand so for this occasion I have to do some doughnuts’. It felt so good, and of course I know that this is not permitted and I hope that I will be forgiven.

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