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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: I’m not interested in statistics 01 Nov 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 performs doghnuts at the end of the race.
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 celebrates on the podium 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 Podium and results:
1st Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, centre.
2nd Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1, left.
3rd Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1, right.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater

Just five days after sealing his fourth successive world title with victory in India, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was back in the cockpit of his RB9 in Abu Dhabi - and in typically dominant form. Afterwards he spoke to reporters about his day, about breaking records, and about what he got up to in the few days he had off between winning the title and flying out to Yas Marina…

Q: Sebastian, it’s only days since you bagged you fourth consecutive title. Has it sunk in yet?
Sebastian Vettel:
Yes, slowly but steadily! (laughs) It takes some time until you really understand what happened - that goes for me and the team. Up to the Indian Grand Prix we’d worked flat out since the start of the season - or actually even before, at the winter tests - and now our ambitions have come true. It is just amazing!

Q: Does your fourth title mean as much to you as the first one?
SV:
Don’t forget those two in the middle! They all mean the same for me, as you should never get used to winning them. Now with the fourth one you could argue that you could see it coming, but then you still have to bring the car across the finish line in a better position than all the others - and that is nothing that you can pull out of the hat just like that! (Snaps his fingers)

Q: You collect records left and right: the youngest this, the fastest that - if you could win thirteen races this season you would equal your childhood idol Michael Schumacher…
SV:
…but I am not going out there for statistics, believe me. It is nice when you once in a while hear that you’ve done this or that, but it is not my core interest and doesn’t make me jump for excitement. I love racing - and then trying to do your best comes naturally. And that is what I am doing.

Q: What have you done on the days between your title win in India and coming here to Abu Dhabi?
SV:
Well, after the race last Sunday I had probably too many drinks in a too short a period of time - because you had to clink glasses with everyone involved in that fantastic result. So the Monday was basically to recover from that. I’ve been at home to exhale a bit - and believe it or not, I mowed the lawn and tinkered a bit on my moped. That was exactly what I needed to get back into my usual balance. Sounds boring, doesn’t it! (laughs)

Q: Presumably you will now back off a bit and let somebody else win a few races…
SV:
Not really! At least that is not the plan. We are on a good run since the summer break and there is no guarantee that it will stay that way for the last three races. But should it stay, we will try to win, of course.

Q: So how was it being back in the car after India?
SV:
Ha, India is only days ago so no difference. So far it is working good for us, even though it is always a bit tricky here as you can hardly draw a conclusion about the behaviour of the car from the first to the second session as the car changes completely once the sun has gone. So it is paramount to keep a cool head.

Q: Abu Dhabi must be a special place for you as it was here that you won your first title…
SV:
Seems like light years away! But of course it is a special place - and always will be for me and the team. If you look at the photos from back then it was laughter and tears and trembles that it might happen.

Q: Today’s incident in the pit box where you almost skidded into a team member - was that exuberant enthusiasm?
SV:
Thank god nothing happened to the guys. I was a bit too fast - and it was pretty slippery - and when I was braking it was too late to avoid it. Something like that has never happened to me before.

Q: Friday times are what they are, but again there is a visible gap between the Red Bulls and the rest. Is that an omen for qualifying?
SV:
As I just said the car runs great - the rest we’ll see tomorrow. But yes, today left a good indication of how it could go in qualifying.

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