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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: It took a lot of work to win 08 Sep 2013

Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 8 September 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 crosses the line to win his third Italian Grand Prix.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 8 September 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates with Adrian Newey (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer, Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing and the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 8 September 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 locks up at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 8 September 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium with the champagne.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 8 September 2013

Sebastian Vettel may have suffered from a flat-spotted tyre and a gearbox problem during Sunday’s race in Italy, but the Red Bull driver was still able to win by over five seconds. After extending his championship lead with his sixth win of the season, the German spoke to reporters about another successful day behind the wheel…

Q: Sebastian, your dominance is getting almost frightening. How much work was there behind your win today? It looked like another easy cruise to victory…
Sebastian Vettel:
Believe it or not, there was work involved today. (laughs) The first stint was not without irritations. It started with the start: that was far from being perfect as on lap one I was braking very late to stay in front and immediately got a flat spot on the tyre. My hope was that it would not turn into a dramatic situation and that we could stick to our one-stop strategy. And it didn’t. After changing to the harder tyres the race became much more relaxed - especially as the vibrations were gone. Thank goodness the speed was there throughout the race - otherwise the result would probably have been slightly different. My heartbeat went up towards the end of the race when I was told that there was a gearbox issue, so my top priority was to be smooth with the car and ‘carry it’ past the chequered flag, which meant not looking for lap records. (laughs)

Q: How difficult is it for a flat-out driver to drive cautiously?
SV:
I knew that I had a bit of air to the back, but if Alonso is behind you, you should never be too confident - especially if his gearbox is still fine. So what you don’t do is change gear abruptly; you look to not go over each and every kerb - and you stay calm.

Q: What lap did the fear disappear and you were able to smile?
SV:
There is no time for smiles under the helmet as you know how easy it is here to lose it - to go wrong. So any thought of winning - as short as they might be - you block out until you see the man with the chequered flag, then you can let it go. And it was fantastic letting it go today.

Q: How was it being on the podium when all the Ferrari fans booed you?
SV:
The more booing the better - that is what happens if you win at Monza and are not dressed in red! As they’ve booed a lot, I think we can be happy today. I think Italians imbibe the Ferrari red from infancy, so no hard feelings - as long as we win it’s fine. We had a great weekend - which we didn’t really expect. With both cars on the podium - that is also a statement for our Renault engine.

Q: The title seems more and more predictable…
SV:
I don’t go for predictions - I go for facts, and fact is that mathematically a number of scenarios are still possible. So today’s win will not carry me away.

Q: But your cushion in the championship standings is quite obvious. Does that give you comfort, knowing that even allowing for one or two mistakes, it would still be enough?
SV:
You never want to make mistakes. You want to win in the best possible way. Always.

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