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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Surprised to be so far in front 23 Nov 2013

Pole sitter Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 23 November 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 23 November 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 23 November 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 23 November 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 23 November 2013

The wet conditions at Interlagos had given his rivals hope of a shot at pole, but Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was having none of it. Keeping his cool after the lengthy Q3 delay, the world champion calmly out-paced the field by over half a second to start the year’s final Grand Prix from the best possible position - and even he was shocked at his advantage…

Q: Sebastian, it seems that no matter what the conditions, the pole setter is, was and obviously will remain Sebastian Vettel. How is that?
Sebastian Vettel:
Feels good, because today it was not so easy to get your game together: car tyres and the right timing. Probably key this afternoon was to switch to the right tyre after sitting for 40 minutes in the pits because Q3 was postponed due to the conditions. So it was all about having the nerves to wait - and then make the right call. I had my mixed experiences on my mind a bit when going out, but it clicked and I did two really good laps - laps good enough for pole position. I never would have guessed that gap to the cats behind me.

Q: It’s your ninth pole position of the year. Are you still counting?
SV:
It is never about counting - and all about delivering the result that you want to have. So yes, it was a great feeling - and if it is the ninth, that’s also welcomed. (laughs) In fact it is a bit funny: there is so much money spent in this sport and then it is sometimes so that we don’t have enough tyres to run more. To please the fans I hope that it will again be an ‘Interlagos special’ and that although the championship is decided, the racing spirit still lives on.

Q: Nico Rosberg had hoped to grab pole position, alas in vain. But do you expect him to be your fiercest opponent tomorrow?
SV:
How would I know? It is a long race - and just remember what happened last year. So the grid is one thing, but what will develop in the race is quite another. I think you also should not write off anybody sitting on row four. (laughs) It might be dry tomorrow and none of us has experienced the track in the dry, so it will all depend on how flexible your set-up is for various conditions. But yes, Nico has been pretty fast all weekend long in the wet, so it surprises me a bit that we are as much in front as we are.

Q: You just said it: nobody knows what is going to happen with the conditions. So how do you imagine your meeting with your engineers?
SV:
True, you cannot do so much on the set-up, but you can go a bit more into details - like getting it right with the front wing which will have a huge impact on the driveability of the car if the car is getting too nervous or if you face too much understeer. So yes, the front wing will have quite an importance tomorrow because you also don’t want to have to pit because your tyres are destroyed. So things like this you talk through with your engineers. And then there are some tricks that I decline to speak about - who knows who’s listening? (laughs) A major part will be dedicated to the questions about how long the tyres will last, as we all have not had dry conditions so far as I just said.

Q: In such a meeting, who has the last word?
SV:
Depends on the issue, but in general I want to be included on the finding process. It is always different if you get it wrong or somebody else.

Q: Do you need an element of luck to win tomorrow?
SV:
Sure. You need to make the right calls at the right time. That will be tricky - as it was last year. Just ignore the fact that I was facing the wrong direction on the first lap. But we came in on one lap to change for drys and then it started to rain and we came in again to change for intermediates - so things like that are always within reach here. But that unpredictability will spice up the race - and that will definitely add to the show.

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