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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: We're on a phenomenal run 17 Nov 2013

Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme and signifies eight consecutive wins.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, USA, Sunday, 17 November 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, USA, Sunday, 17 November 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates with Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal, Dr Helmut Marko (AUT) Red Bull Motorsport Consultant and the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, USA, Sunday, 17 November 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, USA, Sunday, 17 November 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 arrives in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, USA, Sunday, 17 November 2013

With a dominant victory in the United States on Sunday, Sebastian Vettel broke yet another record, this time for consecutive race wins in one season. By claiming his eighth straight win the German surpassed the great Michael Schumacher in the record books and afterwards he discussed his latest milestone with reporters…

Q: Sebastian, another record broken - how does it feel?
Sebastian Vettel:
Right now I don’t feel it - it is always the Monday after a win that for a moment you feel invincible. I think many records that Michael Schumacher established were probably never meant to be broken - and if you break one, it is pretty difficult to immediately understand what just happened, what we together just achieved. It’s all down to team effort. This morning at eight o’clock the car was all in pieces - the gearbox was off the car as we had some reliability concerns - but the guys were flat out to fix it and it lasted the whole race. So a big thank you guys! It’s hard to say what exactly we did in the summer break to go on such a terrific winning streak since then, but we should sit down after the race and analyze it, should we require more than just a good performance in future years! (laughs)

Q: Straight after the race you were saying how thankful you are for what has happened in the last couple of weeks…
SV:
Of course I am. As a sportsman you know how fast such ‘winning times’ can be over. It actually can happen from one day to the other. So yes, it is fantastic to embark on such a journey with a win at every race weekend. It is a phenomenal run - but it’s also true that we have had a phenomenal run in the last five years. Winning streaks never usually last forever so you have to enjoy the moment.

Q: You also can tick the box of winning the United States Grand Prix - adding another race to your list…
SV:
It’s more than just ticking a box. It is the challenge to get the maximum out of yourself, the team and the car at any given track of the season. And yes, in this respect we’ve been very good in the last couple of years.

Q: Had there been any thoughts about not winning today, about not breaking the record?
SV:
A race is never a walk in the park. At the start I realized that the grip level was not as high as we had assessed, so getting to pace was a bit difficult and I think that Romain had a much better start. I told myself: be patient, don’t play it too aggressive, and the grip was enough to keep in front. To be fair, the car was pretty ‘nervous’ on the soft tyres - I had quite a lot of oversteer so during the whole first stint it was not so easy to cope with the first sector and the fast corners. I had to be very careful not to lose the rear and simultaneously see that the rear tyres stayed alive and made it through the twenty laps to make our one-stop strategy work. In the middle of the stint - when I realised that I was getting away - I knew that this would help for whatever else would come my way this afternoon.

Q: During the drivers’ parade and sitting on the grid you had the chance to see the huge crowd around the track. Do you think Formula One racing has finally arrived in the United States?
SV:
This is such a huge country so I think it will still take some time, but one thing is for sure: in Texas Formula One has arrived. I arrived at the track quite early today and even hours before the start the stands were full and the vibes were fantastic. On the podium it was fantastic to see the crowd’s enthusiasm. They simply understand a good show.

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