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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: I will never forget this moment 08 Jul 2013

Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing with his trophy on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates with Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal and the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 crosses the line.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing with his trophy on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013

Every time he secures victory in a Grand Prix he’s not won before, Sebastian Vettel ticks it off the race calendar on his wall at home. Sunday’s was a very important tick - his home Grand Prix. The Red Bull star describes what made the moment so special, and how he’s now looking to add another tick at the next round in Hungary…

Q: Sebastian, it must have been a very special day for you, having won your home Grand Prix. What is so different about winning the home Grand Prix - your 30th victory - to winning any other race? They are all worth 25 points…
Sebastian Vettel:
The in-lap said it all: seeing people waving - even hearing them shouting my name despite the noise of the engine, seeing banners with my name and with my picture and then knowing you are on the way to the podium - that was just awesome. That is really something that goes under your skin and I definitely will never forget this moment. It was my sixth attempt to win my home race - now finally it came true. The whole weekend was perfect: conditions that you can only dream of in this region and that you probably have once every ten years - and exactly what we needed! (laughs)

Q: Was there ever a doubt that you would win? Towards the end Kimi Raikkonen came pretty close…
SV:
Well, you can never predict a win and that also goes for this race. What people don’t see from the outside is how close you are to the limit and how little space there is between a perfect lap and a huge mistake. So from the outside it might have looked like cruising, but believe me, it was not. It was in fact pretty tight. In all those 60 laps I had little chance to look at the tyres - I only could see that I didn’t damage them too much as I believed that the Lotuses were a bit faster - especially towards the end. But we were fast enough to counter and that makes this win extra sweet. I have the race calendar hanging at home and have noted which wins are still missing - now I can tick off the box for Germany. But don’t get me wrong - next year I want to win again! (laughs)

Q: Did you have any issues during the race?
SV:
Somewhere in the middle we temporarily lost KERS - that was the time when Romain (Grosjean) was pretty close - but thank God we could re-activate it, as it was very important to have extra boost out of the corners to stay in front.

Q: Then there was the safety-car phase and your margin to Grosjean was only 1.5 seconds - what were you thinking then?
SV:
Yes, he was very close. But as I just said, we were able to bring KERS to life again and it stayed until the end of the race, which was very important. Otherwise the result would have even been closer.

Q: How was it when you discovered that suddenly it was not Romain behind you but Kimi?
SV:
Surprising. The mirrors on our cars don’t have HD quality so it was not until my race engineer Rocky told me that Kimi had passed Romain and was now on a mission to hunt me down.

Q: How was it, knowing that the man trying to steal the home win from you could be your team mate for 2014?
SV:
I would not mind. Kimi was always straight with me and it would be a great challenge. But there are also the two Toro Rosso drivers who are ramping up at the last couple of races, so let’s see what will be decided.

Q: Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko said a decision will very likely be made at the end of the summer. Would you prefer a later decision?
SV:
It is not my call so I would not mind it. It would not affect my racing. My motto has always been taking things step by step and as there are so many new things coming along in 2014 I don’t mind a new face in the garage next to me.

Q: Next stop on the F1 tour will be Hungary where there are new tyres waiting in the wings again. In that light of that, how important will the Silverstone test be?
SV:
Let’s wait and see. Hopefully the conditions will be good, so that Mark (Webber) or I can do enough laps to get data that has significance for Budapest, usually a hot race.

Q: Hungary is a race you’ve also never won. How keen are you to also tick the box there?
SV:
Very keen, of course. We’ve had good races there and I think it was 2010 when I was very close to winning but then we had a mishap during a safety-car phase and fell back to P3. So I have already smelled podium air in Hungary, but this year the aim is to smell the air of P1! (laughs)

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