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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Red Bull confident of victory 04 Jul 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing talks with the media.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Preparations, Nurburgring, Germany, Thursday, 4 July 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing with his Birthday cake a day late,
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Preparations, Nurburgring, Germany, Thursday, 4 July 2013 (L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber, Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 in the Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Preparations, Nurburgring, Germany, Thursday, 4 July 2013

He may have had to watch from the sidelines as fellow German Nico Rosberg won in style at Silverstone, but Sebastian Vettel’s confidence hasn’t been dented by his gearbox problems at the British round. Instead, Vettel’s got only one target for his home race this weekend - and that’s victory…

Q: So soon after your birthday, wouldn’t it be an amazing belated present to win your home Grand Prix at the Nurburgring?
Sebastian Vettel:
For sure it would be very nice and it is in our own hands to achieve this. We are very confident that we could win here, but we shall not underestimate our competitors. We are not putting ourselves under too much pressure though, as there is no way of forcing a win here or indeed anywhere else. I have been fortunate to have won here in Germany at some other races, when I was still in some junior series.

Q: Do you count your fellow German Nico Rosberg as among the championship contenders to beat this year?
For sure, as his results have been very consistent. I think that Mercedes are extremely strong this year, especially in qualifying, but as I said before Silverstone, we expect them to be very strong in the race too. Also you get better from race to race, so we do expect them to improve their tyre management even more.

Q: What are your thoughts on the tyres at the moment?
At the end of the day it is an individual decision for each driver about whether you think that it is safe or not. If you feel that the risk is too high, then you should not get into the car. For sure I think that no one could have predicted the Silverstone race to develop like it did, so there is nobody to blame for that. The good thing from it was that right after the Silverstone race many people sat together and were looking for a constructive solution, and we arrived here in Germany with a different set of rear tyres. It was a positive surprise to see that given that small window of time, Pirelli was able to bring a different component, and now we have to see if it works. So I think it is very positive that they took the criticism seriously and just decided to make some changes.

Q: What is it that makes a home Grand Prix at the Nurburgring so special for you?
I really enjoy coming to a racetrack that I know so well. Also the atmosphere and the surroundings are known to me so well. Seeing the famous Nordschleife in the mornings on the way to the paddock is amazing too. It would be really amazing to race the Nordschleife with our cars, but unfortunately I think that today’s Formula One cars are not built to last that long a distance at full throttle. Also, seeing all the fans that support us German drivers gives me a great feeling. It is a true privilege to have a home Grand Prix at all. I can still remember coming here and seeing all the Michael Schumacher fans at a time when I wasn’t even dreaming of being in Formula One. Seeing that these fans are now cheering for us gives us extra motivation to do well here and hopefully will also give us an extra lap on the tyres. (laughs)

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