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Post-race press conference - Italian GP - Pt.2

Sebastian, you explained to us how the win was very emotional for you, even if you have beaten the red car which is probably the crowd's favourite. What do you think about the response of the Italian fans to your victory?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think all the people who had a Red Bull shirt or Red Bull flag were very happy but the majority came here this morning dressed in red. Fair enough, it's Ferrari's home grand prix. It's an atmosphere that all the other teams are allowed to enjoy as well, because so many fans... you know, before the race, down on the grid, I thought - looking at the grandstands, seeing so many people, ignoring the colour of their shirt, seeing the crowd - life doesn't get much better than this. So many people cheering what we are doing, and being one of the drivers allowed to race; as I said earlier, the only thing that could make it a little bit better on the podium is if you are wearing a red suit, so I guess it was a very special for Fernando here last year. Obviously I know how it feels to listen to the Italian anthem from three years ago. This year it was a bit different, but still, it's very special, it means a lot to me. I remember a lot. Always when I come down here, since I've been a little boy, since we came here for go-karting - I don't know how many kilometres we drove in total coming here – a couple of times every year to race in Italy and therefore it is and was very special, three years ago and today as well.

Q: (Adrian Rodriguez Huber – Agencia EFE).
Fernando, there are six races here. Realistically you should go for victories in races because the championship is really almost impossible. Which circuits do you believe suit you the best? Is there one or maybe more than one on which to win?

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, six races to go so obviously the championship is impossible, not mathematically but we are no longer in contention so we try to enjoy every race, we try to go for individual victories, also fighting for second place in the championship. It's always better to finish second than fifth. I think I'm second today after Mark's retirement so I will try to get second place as I did last year. Yeah, of the races remaining I think Singapore is probably the best one for our car characteristics. In Monaco we were fine, we were second. The car was maybe not very competitive in that part of the year so now that the car is a little bit better, on a street circuit we should maybe perform well. I love the Singapore circuit so the next race will probably be it.

Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association).
Sebastian, you could go on holiday from now until Abu Dhabi and still come out of that leading by a fair chunk of points. Any chance of you doing that so we can have an exciting end to the season?

Sebastian Vettel:
I'm contracted to do all the races, so maybe you need a word with Christian. No, I love coming here, I love racing. Obviously we will see what happens during the next races but yeah, we have to go step by step really. I don't know. No plans. I think it's wrong to plan before something happens. It would be wrong for you to plan what you would do with a million dollars if you won the lottery tomorrow. First you have to win, then you worry about what you do with your winnings.

Jenson Button:
I think you have to plan a bit more if you win the lottery. You don't want to waste it.

Sebastian Vettel:
We will see.

Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
Sebastian, when you overtook Fernando, you had two wheels on the grass in the Curva Grande. Didn't you lose momentum there?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing it on TV, how much space there actually was, but when I came obviously I had a very good exit so I knew that I had a fair chance down to turn four, to the second chicane. And then going through Curva Grande, I wasn't really sure which way to go, left or right. I thought if I go to the right then I'm sitting on the outside, maybe I might be a bit ahead before we start braking, but then I know that Fernando is an animal so he will brake as late as he can and then manage somehow to take the corner. I decided spontaneously to go left and then I thought, I just hope he has seen me because he kept going left, left, left. There wasn't much space. I stayed on full throttle but fortunately the corner opened up, I had two wheels on the grass, and then once I was side-by-side he was obviously aware that I was still there and then there was another battle getting onto the brakes, who hit the brakes first. I hit first and then he was quite late but I had the inside so I was quite relieved after I was ahead.

Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
Fernando, your car was much faster in top speed in qualifying; was there no chance to defend or did you have the wrong gear ratios for the heavy car at the beginning?

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, the top speed is related to the DRS as well. When you activate the DRS, you can reach a certain speed that in the race is not possible. Yesterday, our top speeds were thanks to the DRS, how it works and today, when you put on the normal wing down, we were not so quick on the straight any more.

Q: (Silvia Arias – Diario Libre).
Sebastian, you have twice said how nice it would be to win here wearing a red suit. Is this a dream for you, do you expect to win one day wearing a Ferrari suit?

Sebastian Vettel:



Related Pictures

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10.09.2011- Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
10.09.2011- Saturday Practice, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
09.09.2011- Friday Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
09.09.2011- Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
10.09.2011- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 pole position
08.09.2011- Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7

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