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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: P3 is a good result 11 May 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 11 May 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 11 May 2013 (L to R): Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 (pole position) and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing (3rd) in the Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 11 May 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 11 May 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 11 May 2013 (L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1, pole sitter Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying, Barcelona, Spain, Satu Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 11 May 2013

For the second race in succession Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has been denied pole position by the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg. But in Spain this weekend, Vettel has also been denied a front-row slot thanks to Lewis Hamilton who took P2 in the other Silver Arrow. The young German reviews his Saturday and looks ahead to Sunday’s Barcelona race…

Q: Sebastian, are you satisfied with second row on the grid?
Sebastian Vettel:
To be honest, I am pretty satisfied, as I have to say that the two Mercedes cars were in a league of their own. The car felt significantly better in the afternoon than it did in the morning and on Friday, so we have definitely made a step forward which helped us in qualifying and hopefully will also help in the race. Will the tyres again play a major role? No. I think we took a slightly different approach in qualifying today and we’ll have to see whether having three new sets of hard tyres will make a difference tomorrow. I am definitely looking forward to the race and starting from P3 is a good result.

Q: We have already seen that the Mercedes cars are pretty sharp in qualifying. But will they also be in a league of their own in the race? What’s your guess?
SV:
If you take a look at the last few races , and even go further back in time, you can say that the Mercedes have always been tough on the tyres. What probably works on single fast lap is not fantastic over a race distance. So it could be that the tyres will give them a hard time tomorrow. Don’t get me wrong though, we don’t wish anybody bad luck. We will concentrate fully on ourselves. That’s also in regards to the tyres as it is not as though we have found a secret formula to make them last endlessly! (laughs) As I just said, we have opted for a different strategy and hopefully it will pay off.

Q: How will the race influence the championship standing?
SV:
The championship will not be decided tomorrow so I don’t waste any thought on it. Sure we will have to consider Lotus and Ferrari, as both were pretty fast on Friday and have been able to run a set of tyres for a quite long time, so of course I expect pressure from behind.

Q: That sounds as if you think the Mercedes will not be able to keep their performance over the race distance and that the only danger comes from behind?
SV:
I am not speculating on anything, especially about whether any of our competitors will run into trouble. Maybe I am not smart enough for speculation! (laughs) What I really want to concentrate on is that we don’t run into trouble and we don’t make any mistakes. That should then translate into a good result.

Q: You’ve been running on the new harder compound for two days. How have you found it?
SV:
Well, I have to say that it doesn’t present much of a difference to the previous ones. We had probably hoped for a bigger difference. So in the end the situation has not been enhanced much. But maybe we will have a ‘wow-experience’ in the race.

Q: What are your expectations for the race?
SV:
First and foremost I have to say that I have settled my issue with the last sector here. Finally I understand the trick. I am probably still catching up, as others seem to have understood the trick some time ago. So that is good news as it is a basis to build on tomorrow afternoon.

Q: What about strategy? You just said that you have three new sets of hard tyres. Will that mean a three-stop strategy?
SV:
Let’s put it this way - I am expecting that we will pit no fewer than three times and no more than four times. Running a two-stop strategy here is not worth wasting a thought on and if somebody does it I will eat my hat! I definitely hope that it doesn’t come to that.

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