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

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)
Questions From The Floor

Q: (Flavio Vanetti – Corriere della Sera)
Felipe, you had a great day and Fernando was unlucky but the question is, do you believe that the pace of the Ferrari is enough to match Red Bull now?

Felipe Massa:
Well, let's say not on this track. I think that on this track Sebastian has incredible pace compared to all the other cars. We saw that in qualifying and in the race it was the same. Anyway, I think it changes from track to track. Maybe this was a track where they were stronger during the whole championship. I think we need to wait and see track to track. We need to keep pushing very hard, we need to work very hard in the factory too to bring the right pieces for the car as well and try. Nothing is finished for Fernando. He did many many good races until now. What happened today was not nice for him but these things happen in the championship. It's important that we push hard and concentrate on the next race. He's still leading the championship and that's important.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport) Felipe, this was also a pretty important race for you and your future, also for you Kamui. Do think that this podium, for both of you, will help you to secure your seats at Ferrari and Sauber respectively for next season? Yesterday you said that this could be your last Suzuka. Is that true?

Felipe Massa:
I think so.

Kamui Kobayashi:
Yeah, I think so too.

Felipe Massa:
So, we think so.

Kamui Kobayashi:
We think so together, you know? We will have a good meeting tonight, to speak with our managers.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Soon?

Felipe Massa:
Yeah. I think so!

Kamui Kobayashi:
I think so.

Q: (Frederic Ferret - L'Equipe)
Sebastian, your first title was won by you chasing; the second was you being chased. What is your view on what might be the third one?

Sebastian Vettel:
I don't know. I can answer your question when I'm fortunate enough to win for the third time. Whether that's this year or not I don't know. Like I said, I'm very careful. I think we had a long journey so far, and it's been a tough year. Still there are many races to go so today I don't want to talk about the championship. I know I finished in front of everyone today, I won the race, so I know that I scored more points than anybody else today but you don't know what happens next weekend. I think we have a very tough remainder of the season with a very new calendar for all of us, with a lot of back-to-back races. Basically next week Korea, then two races, one in India and Abu Dhabi, and then obviously America and Sao Paulo. I think there's still a long way to go and as I said, we have to focus on every single race and try to do our best and then we will see whether it's good enough. The target is to do our maximum in those five races, then we calculate our points. If it's enough, I think it's fantastic. If it's not then it's not the fault of these five or six races that we will do at the end.

Q: (Nobuaki Tadaki - Tokyo Sankei Shimbun)
Kamui-san, in the closing laps, Jenson was catching you and the podium was getting closer too and your many fans were cheering you. Would you please explain how you were feeling in that situation?

Kamui Kobayashi:
Well, it was a difficult moment. I think my tyre situation was quite tough. We spent more than 20 laps on them, especially in the last three laps my rear tyres were really getting bad. Of course, I needed to push, I could not slow down to save the tyres. Whatever I had, like oversteer, I had to really push. In the end, into the last lap, I was pretty sure I could hold Jenson because normally, I think, after the main straight, there is no chance to overtake on this track. Apart from that, I think getting on the podium but I was focusing on every lap because if I missed one corner, we could easily have lost my position so I think it was a good challenge for myself. And I think Jenson was pretty fast in the last stint. Finally, we survived and let's say it was a great job from the team, because they gave us great advice while I was driving, and I was pretty sure to hold him and I was very happy. Every fan was shaking their hands at me, especially on the last lap so it was fantastic.

Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer)
Sebastian, since you first started in F1 you've been breaking record after record. Today you equalled Fangio on wins, you now have 25 percent victories from your race starts. Do you find these constant statistics - the reminders of these statistics from the press a pressure at all or do you just forget about them and get on with the racing?

Sebastian Vettel:
No, I think they're very special. Obviously I'm not aware of those kind of numbers but I think that's a special thing about F1. We had great drivers in the past, great champions and great characters, and I think for all of us... when I said earlier the last time I was with Kamui on the podium it was probably in Formula Three and both of us had a dream for F1 but at the same time, you know you are a young guy, you are racing in Formula Three, you know it's only one or two steps away but then it's so far away still. There's only a handful of us, 24 drivers in F1. I think first of all you feel extremely fortunate and proud to be one of them and to race a F1 car, stand on the grid, winning a race, driving for championships. At the time we were racing in Formula Three this was so far away. Obviously I knew these kind of guys, when you talk about records. When I was young I was following F1 and Michael most of the time. But you never dreamed... imagined yourself being one of those guys and breaking any kind of record, even if it's just having the best start or something silly which would already make you extremely proud. I think it's an honour and as I said yesterday already, a circuit like this, where you really get to feel what the cars can do... unfortunately it's impossible to explain to you how it feels, so it's only something we share amongst ourselves and I think it's something we should not forget at any stage, and it's something very very special. I think it's one of the best jobs you can have in the world in my - in our - point of view, but then to be successful it obviously starts to feed on itself and makes it very very enjoyable.

Q: (Ted Kravitz - Sky Sport)



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