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Post-race press conference - Pt.2

Drivers: Jenson Button (McLaren), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Questions from the floor

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Sebastian, could you describe your manoeuvre at the start of the race? Jenson said that it was not so fair.

Sebastian Vettel:
I just spoke to him. He expressed his feelings. Initially I wasn't sure where he was, I didn't really see him. I thought he was either on the right or he was far away on the left. I saw Lewis and I thought I had a good start and kept moving to the right, looking for him. By the time I saw him, I realised that maybe I was a little bit too far to the right and then he was backing off. Obviously no intention to put him in any danger but I think we can run with two wheels on the grass, can't we Fernando?

Jenson Button:
Did you think I was Fernando?

Sebastian Vettel:
No, no, I said we can race with two wheels on the grass, and then I said Fernando. Obviously, as I said, I didn't want to put him in danger but I think we have to race each other hard and I thought it was a shame… at the end, I thought we were all getting together again and maybe have another fight. For a moment, I was thinking that maybe the victory was not out of my hands, which it looked like going into the last stint, but yeah, it was close. It would have been fun if it had continued for another five or ten laps.

Jenson Button:
I probably would have struggled with another five laps.

Sebastian Vettel:
That's why!

Q: (Joris Fioriti – Agence France Presse)
Jenson, I may have been mistaken, but when I saw you on the podium you were not really overwhelmed with joy. I thought that you were at the same time happy to win, but very disappointed to lose the title. Did I imagine that or is that the way you feel?

Jenson Button:
I was really surprised to lose the title today, yeah! I think I had given up on that quite a long time ago. I was very happy on the podium, maybe just the way I express my feelings isn't as obvious as maybe I think.

Sebastian Vettel:
Maybe you were still exhausted, you had to run down from the pit lane.

Jenson Button:
I had to run the whole pit lane. For some reason, I seem to do that quite a lot: parking in the wrong place and running down. I've never realised how uphill the pit lane is as well. Amazing. But no, I was very happy, ecstatic, this is a very special race to win, as Seb knows for the last couple of years, not just because of the layout but because of the history here and also, as I said before, the crowd here. So a very special victory; it's obviously not as big as Seb winning the World Championship today but winning a race like this does take a little bit of time to sink in. I remember when I won the World Championship, immediately it was a strange feeling, it was like: what am I
supposed to feel right now? And it takes a little bit of time. It normally comes when you're on your own and you can really think about what you have achieved. I'm sure Seb's going to look forward to that tonight or about five or six in the morning.

Sebastian Vettel:
Oh no. Afternoon.

Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe)
Fernando, now Seb is the youngest two time World Champion; you've lost that title. What does it mean to you now?

Fernando Alonso:
Really nothing special. I think now we will see who is the youngest three time World Champion.

Jenson Button:
I'm feeling the odd one out here, I'm feeling uncomfortable.

Sebastian Vettel:
Did you notice that Michael is the youngest seven time World Champion – ever!

Jenson Button:
Really? Wow. Is he? That surprises me. He's also the oldest racing driver in F1.

Sebastian Vettel:
No. No. Not.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
One year later, Sebastian, what's going through your head? Last year was perhaps a surprise at that last race; is it any different this year?

Sebastian Vettel:
Every year… I think every race is different. I wouldn't say last year was a surprise. That's what we were fighting for and even if the odds weren't looking too good, we kept believing. Even the year before I remember very, very well the moment in Brazil, probably as well as Jenson does. It's not a nice feeling, knowing that you lose the title, so but it's always these important moments that you remember, the good and the bad and in particular the bad because I think you are able to learn so much from the times that you are being beaten in a way. But the funny thing this year is that next week there is the next race, so that's a bit difficult to understand. I think all year we tried very, very hard to keep our feet on the ground and always tried to focus on the next step, on the next race which, I think, in the end, if there was any, was one of the secrets. Last year, after the chequered flag it was all over, there was a long period of time when you weren't in the car again etc, so it's a bit different this year, and it makes it even more special in a way. So I'm very much looking forward to the rest of the season. We have a great car, a great team, and obviously we use everything we
have to make the next step and do well or perform well at the next race. It does take some time to understand and I think those quiet moments that I will have, at some point, either tonight, tomorrow or the next week or weeks, for myself, but also with people who are very close to me, to take time and let things sink in a little bit.

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