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

Indian GP post-race FIA press conference with Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Jenson Button (McLaren) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Jenson Button (McLaren) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).


Questions from the floor


Q: (Sridhar Potdar – Sakaal Media House)
Vettel, we have to say V for victory and V for Vettel. Speaking about India, you say that here people don't have money but they're happy, compared to Europe. Is this a very fond memory of the most memorable race of your life so far?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, as I said, I think some things are very difficult to imagine for us. If you look where we come from, I think it's hard to imagine things if you haven't seen them. The really surprising bit for us… where sometimes you measure happiness in our lives, in our world, with what you have achieved, what you have etc. For the people here, it doesn't really matter, they're happy with what they have, even if you compare they have so little, but they are happy and friendly, helpful, respectful. Obviously I haven't spent a lot of time here, so I can't judge as well as people from India, but it was very inspiring when I had a bit of time to spend in the country. I went to see the Taj Mahal which is obviously a touristy thing to do but driving there by car, and not falling asleep because the roads were pretty… it was a good adventure, let's say. Keeping your eyes open, there are a lot of things which make you appreciate a lot of things much more than you probably do. Yeah, it opens your eyes, as long as you allow yourself to look at certain things, so I think it was an inspiration and something that you should never forget. All in all, it was great to be here, a great circuit, which obviously – speaking about our job, about racing, that's what we judge most, the circuit is fantastic to drive. I was surprised that the race went by pretty quickly. Obviously I was always trying to keep the gap to him (Button), trying to push but my engineer came on the radio and said 'twelve laps to go' and I was surprised because I thought, bloody hell, that went by quickly. It's a good sign, because you enjoy the circuit and there are some great corners as Fernando said, high speed corners which we usually enjoy a lot, because it allows us to put us on the limit, the cars on the limit so great to be here. Having had debuts in different places the last couple of years, this will be one of the races that settles in very quickly and we will all be happy to come back. Even though there has only been one race so far, I'm already looking forward to next year.

Q: (Sudhir Chandran - Chequered Flag,).
When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, he said those famous words 'one small step by a human being and one giant leap for mankind.' Any famous first words?

Jenson Button:
I think it should just be the winner who has these special words.

Sebastian Vettel:
Dhanyawaad… aapki aankhei bahut khoobsurat hai (thank you, your eyes are beautiful). Obviously that's for the ladies of India. You know the girls, to all the girls in India, you have beautiful women in this country. They have beautiful eyes.

Jenson Button:
Beautiful smiles.

Sebastian Vettel:
Thank you very much. As I said we all enjoyed it, everyone is happy to be here and happy to come back which is a good sign.

Q: (Sudhir Chandran - Chequered Flag,).
India has an advertising tag-line which says Incredible India. Would you guys like to endorse it or add to it after the weekend you've spent here?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think I answered that question before already. I agree, yes.

Jenson Button:
Yeah, I agree with Sebastian.

Fernando Alonso:
I agree with both.

Q: (Amanpreet Singh - PTI).
Vettel, we appreciate you have said good things about India but twice you have mentioned that India is different from what you know in Europe. Would you like to elaborate what impression you had about this country before landing here and what differences you found eventually?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, it's difficult to say. Expectations, you obviously only know from what people tell you. To be honest I didn't expect anything really. I heard a lot of good things, I heard a lot of bad things. I prefer to come here myself and take a look, so I took a little bit of time to have a look outside the circuit, as I said. Basically what I saw is very inspiring, it's very different. I think you will find the same if you go there. Sometimes it's difficult to imagine for us, which is why I think you really have to come here but it's a country that I think is very interesting to travel around, because I think there are a lot of things you can learn. Some things you have to get used to because they are so different, but it's not a drama, it's a different culture, the people are different but as I said, they are very helpful, very friendly and happy, so that's a good thing.

Q: (S.S. ShreeKumar – New Indian Express, Bangalore).
Alonso, you said things will improve in future. What areas do you think need improvement?

Fernando Alonso:
I think when you host the first race even in a new country, there are things that for sure you learn and you improve. I think the paddock, even if it's finished and it's working fine, I think next year it will be even better, in terms of how the teams will settle, how the electricity will work, after we had some problems on Thursday, which is very normal for a first time that we use an environment like this one. I think the circuit itself will improve as well. There was too much sand on the circuit on the first day and now the circuit is in a very good condition, on Sunday, after the race. I think the starting point next year will be a lot better than the starting point this year. We saw a couple of issues with kerbs with Felipe, yesterday breaking his suspension, today again another suspension, so I'm sure that they will find a better solution for this type of kerb, obviously stopping us cutting the corner but in a different way, to avoid any risk or any accident that it can cause at the moment. As I said, the starting point is already very high, from zero to ten maybe it's nine so it's very good but the ten will be reached very soon.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti - Il Corriere della Sera).
Fernando, two races left and 13 points behind Jenson, do you still believe it's possible for you to cover the gap and get second place in the championship?

Fernando Alonso:




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Podium – 1st Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, 2nd Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, 3rd Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari & Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Technical Operations Director
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Podium – 1st Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, 2nd Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, 3rd Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari & Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Technical Operations Director
Podium – 1st Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, 2nd Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, 3rd Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari & Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Technical Operations Director
Podium – 1st Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, 2nd Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, 3rd Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari & Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Technical Operations Director
Podium – 1st Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, 2nd Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, 3rd Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari & Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Technical Operations Director

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