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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: I did everything to win 30 Jun 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 retired from the lead of the race with transmission problems, bringing out the safety car.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 30 June 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 30 June 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 30 June 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 leads the field during a safety car period.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 30 June 2013 The car of race retiree Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 is removed by the Marshals.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 30 June 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 30 June 2013

After inheriting the lead from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel looked set to win his fourth race of the season at Silverstone before a gearbox failure stopped him in his tracks with 11 laps to go.

Afterwards the Red Bull driver spoke to reporters about what turned out to be a frustrating afternoon in Britain…

Q: Sebastian, a mechanical failure prevented you from claiming an almost certain race win. What signals did you get from your car?
Sebastian Vettel:
None! It came very suddenly. Everything was looking really good and we had a good gap to Nico (Rosberg) behind - then suddenly, coming out of Stowe, I wanted to change from fifth into sixth gear and that was the moment that I lost fifth gear. Then the others subsequently passed out. Why? I have no idea. We have to sit down and go through the data in the next two days to make sure it will not happen again.

Q: How frustrating is it to be dominating the race and then to stop eleven laps before the chequered flag?
SV:
Of course it is frustrating. As you said, we dominated the race until then - even if Nico tried to put pressure from behind, especially after the stops - but we were able to control that every time. I think in the end our tyres even looked better and there was room for increasing the gap when, out of Stowe, my race was over. Silverstone is fantastic and a fantastic race to win and if you are so close to doing it and then are stopped by a mechanical failure that is annoying. I wasn’t meant to win today. So I will have to come here next year and try it again! (laughs)

Q: We saw several tyres failing today and the suggestion is that the kerbs were responsible. Have you experienced any strange tyre moments today?
SV:
No, we escaped that. But of course I have seen what happened to Lewis (Hamilton) and got information over the team radio that other cars also ran into these troubles and so I tried to avoid the kerbs as much as I could. When I pitted the first time I saw that the left back tyre had some bruises, but nothing serious.

Q: There is not much time to cry over spilt milk as the German Grand Prix is next weekend. Do you welcome the back-to-back race in order to forget today’s misfortune immediately?
SV:
Ha, I see today’s misfortune rather pragmatically: I have done everything today to win. I had a great start and was able to pass Nico and then do my race, so I don’t have to mull over this afternoon. Of course it’s a pity if something like that happens when you’re in the lead - I think when you’re in P8 you go over it easier - but that’s the way it is. There were three trophies on the podium and I couldn’t take one home.

Q: What are you taking home today?
SV:
That there is no such thing as a guaranteed win in Formula One. But be sure that I will try everything to take a trophy home next week in Germany!

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