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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: I'm going to try like hell to win 08 Jun 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 8 June 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 8 June 2013 (L to R): Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams, pole sitter Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 8 June 2013 (L to R): Michael Fassbender (GER) actor and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 8 June 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 8 June 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 8 June 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 8 June 2013

Three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is no stranger to success, but the Red Bull driver is still waiting to win in Montreal. After securing pole position on Saturday, Vettel assesses his chances for the race, gives his views on Mercedes’ controversial Pirelli test and discusses the recent debates about tyres…

Q: Sebastian, you claimed pole position under difficult conditions. How much of a lottery was it this afternoon?
Sebastian Vettel:
Well, of course you need a certain amount of luck to be out on the track at the right time - and we had that luck. It was neither raining nor drizzling. That made our afternoon.

Q: If the forecast is right it will be much warmer and drier for Sunday’s race. How will you pick your tyres and what strategy will you choose?
SV:
I think we have been long enough in the business to know what to do tomorrow. Right now nothing is decided - in fact we can wait until 2pm tomorrow for that! I think the paramount thing so far this weekend was to survive the unsettled conditions by keeping the car in one piece. The car is fast and feels very good, even though it took me a bit longer on Friday to get into the rhythm, as it is quite difficult to get the tyres up to temperature. I expect that also to be an issue in the race. Should it stay dry it will be very slippery as the track hasn’t been dry all weekend. But that’s the same for everybody.

Q: We have had some races this year where the grid position didn’t mean anything in terms of the race. Will that also be the case here? Fernando Alonso is starting from P6, but can he still fight for the win?
SV:
Yes. We have seen in the past that anything can happen here, especially when the conditions change. So indeed qualifying is not as decisive here as it was two weeks ago in Monaco. If you can choose, of course you prefer to start from pole position. But starting from pole doesn’t automatically mean you are in for the win.

Q: Why is it that Montreal always delivers spectacular races? What is it about this track?
SV:
First and foremost, it is a track that allows overtaking and this can sometimes bring the best out in a driver. It is a track that from its layout is prone to deliver a good show. It’s a track that is hard on the cars. If you have watched carefully you’ve seen airborne cars with rugged landings and if that happens often it might just give up. Then there are the weather conditions. In this respect the 2011 race was probably the most remarkable that we’ve seen so far, with incredibly heavy rain. There was a long break and the race lasted for over four hours and then Jenson (Button) beat me by 2.7 seconds. If that was not a fan-focused race, then what is?

Q: Above and beyond all the excitement of the race, there is still that Mercedes test issue rattling around in many heads. You have expressed a clear stance on it. Can you explain?
SV:
The regulations clearly state that it is forbidden and if one team ignores them then that is unfair in my opinion. Period. What reaction is appropriate? To give all the other teams the chance to do the same or to punish Mercedes in some form. That is something that obviously will be handled by the International Tribunal now and it will be decided there.

Q: You’ve also been very critical about the tyre situation, comparing it to a Punch and Judy show, with modifications coming and then not coming…
SV:
I think we have frequently expressed that the tyres this year are very critical. This has nothing to do with excusing our performance at one race or another, but looking at the safety of it when you see the cap of a tyre flying off and there is no real explanation to it other than that the driver was rolling over something. But that has not always been the case, so the ‘why’ is still a mystery. Then we hear that the tyres will be changed for this weekend in Montreal, but then three days later we hear that this will not be the case and they will arrive in Silverstone. But we did have the tyres to try out on Friday. It all sounds a bit half-baked and I wonder why there is not clarity about the state of situation.

Q: Returning to the racing, is it surprising that you’ve never won the Montreal race before? Do you have any explanation for that?
SV:
Ha, I think if you analyse every race I’ve done here you would find an explanation for that, and to be honest, I don’t find it irritating. Rather, it is something to still look forward to. I like the track. It is always a tricky game to get the chicanes right and to romp over the kerbs without doing any damage. From what I can remember we didn’t get the strategy right last year as we had to pit very late in the race and two years ago we made a mistake in the last lap and I gave away the win. So I have every chance tomorrow to patch things up. Believe me, I will try like hell! (laughs)

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